A catastrophic injury may result when someone else’s careless or reckless actions lead to an accident. What may have begun as a normal day suddenly became anything but normal. The first days after the accident may have been a blur of doctors, diagnostic tests and pain medicine. When things began to clear, you saw the look of suffering in your loved one’s eyes and began to understand how bad things were.
You may feel grateful to be alive after the motor vehicle accident that left you with a spinal cord injury. However, your life just become quite complicated. You may already have a pile of medical bills from your trip to the emergency room and subsequent hospital stay, but this may be only the beginning.
How much will it cost?
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be looking at additional surgeries, therapy, medication and expensive medical equipment. You may need to renovate portions of your home for wheelchair accessibility and purchase a vehicle that will accommodate your needs. Do you know how you will pay for these items?
The most recent reports reveal that a victim of a spinal cord injury may spend well over a million dollars within the first year after the accident. Each year after that can cost up to $200,000. These numbers can vary depending on the extent of your injuries, your age and overall health, and any complications that may develop after the injury. Of course, it is possible that you suffered other injuries in the accident, and these can complicate your recovery.
Cutting costs, not quality
Ideally, your insurance will cover some of these costs, but you may find yourself fighting to make ends meet. The most important factor is working to achieve the highest quality of life possible, but you still may be able to find ways to make your care more affordable, for example:
- Keeping yourself in good health, such as maintaining a healthy weight and eating healthy foods
- Protecting your mental health by reaching out for support and assistance
- Looking for used equipment that you can rent or purchase
- Taking advantage of online options for physical therapy
- Investigating alternative treatments, such as acupuncture or massage therapy
Some of these may not be appropriate options for you, and you should discuss them with your doctor before taking your care on yourself. You can also reach out for advice from a Colorado personal injury attorney who can guide you in the steps to take for seeking compensation from those responsible for your injuries through their negligent actions.