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Life after catastrophic injuries affects the entire household

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2021 | Auto Accidents |

Catastrophic car accidents across Colorado, including Denver, could affect the lives of victims, family members, friends and even colleagues. An example is someone who suffers traumatic brain injuries in the temporal or frontal lobes of the brain. Damage in those areas typically causes dramatic changes in victims and their day-to-day lives.

Support and understanding are crucial

Damage in the mentioned area of the brain causes memory loss, confusion, loss of inhibitions, diminished organizational skills, impaired judgment and reasoning skills, and more. Loved ones and friends have to work hard to understand the changes. If the victims do not receive adequate support and understanding, they could slip into depression due to feeling lonely and isolated.

Family dynamics and accommodation

Depending on the role of the injured person in the family, drastic changes might be necessary. Additionally, the modifications to the home might be required to accommodate accessibility:

  • Ramps: If the car accident victim is wheelchair-bound, building ramps in one or more locations in and around the home might be necessary.
  • Ceiling lifts: Family members and caregivers risk injuries whenever they must lift the patient. However, installing ceiling lifts on a track system can make lifting safe.
  • Shower access: Obtaining a shower wheelchair and modifying the shower or installing a roll-in shower will allow direct access.
  • Wider doorways: All the doorways in the home might need widening to allow enough space to navigate the wheelchair in the house.
  • Devices to open and close doors: Opening and closing doors are challenging actions for anyone in a wheelchair. Devices are available to automate doors via electric strikes or digital keypads. Opening and closing timing can be set to meet the needs of the person in the wheelchair.

These are but some of the home modifications required to accommodate a victim of catastrophic injuries who must adjust to being in a wheelchair. The financial consequences of the home modifications, added to all the medical and rehabilitation bills, could be as catastrophic as the injuries. However, all damages might be recoverable through the civil justice system of Colorado.

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