When you’re facing life with a spinal cord injury following a serious accident, chances are, your first thought isn’t about the associated expense. Unfortunately, living with a spinal cord injury is expensive. Spinal cord injuries don’t just limit your activities and impact your quality of life. They can also leave you struggling to pay your bills or even to make ends meet. If you’ve sustained a spinal cord injury, make sure you’re prepared for the continuing expense associated with those injuries.
Limited Earning Potential
One of the biggest costs of living with a spinal cord injury is the limit it can place on your earning potential. Where once, your earning potential was essentially unlimited, following your injury, it is limited by what you’re able to do. If you’ve been paralyzed, you may not be able to complete some of the job responsibilities that were once easy. If you’re living with pain, your hours at work may be limited or your mind may be impacted by the pain medications you need to keep functioning. Living with a spinal cord injury may mean that you face significantly lower earning potential than you did before your injuries.
Medical care is one of the biggest immediate expenses of living with a spinal cord injury. Not only do you face the initial cost of your medical care, including hospitalization, surgery, and rehab, you may also need to pay for:
- Wheelchairs and other assistance devices
- In-home care or aides as you learn to function more independently
- Long-term potential health issues, including increased risk of illness and infection
Home and Vehicle Modifications
Is your home fully accessible from a wheelchair? If it’s not, you may be looking at a number of expensive modifications following your spinal cord injury. Modifications for your injury may include:
- Modified vehicles with wheelchair accommodations
- Lowered counter-tops
- Wider doorways
- Ramps and elevators
- Modified showers and other items
Other Increased Expenses
Living with a spinal cord injury is expensive enough in terms of simple modifications. There are also, however, several unexpected expenses that may creep in along with your injury. These may include:
- Travel expenses as you visit specialists and other doctors who are able to help provide care for your injuries
- Increased entertainment expenses, since you’re unable to participate in many of your former activities
- Accommodation expenses, such as the increased need to eat out as you’re unable to cook for yourself
Get Legal Help Today
Living with a spinal cord injury is an extremely expensive proposition, from your initial medical expenses to your ongoing life expenses following your injury. Estimating those initial expenses involves working effectively with your attorney, since it can be difficult to fully define the way your injuries will change your quality of life. If you’re facing life with a spinal cord injury, make sure you have the legal help you need. Contact Meldon Law today online or at 800-373-8000 to schedule your free consultation to learn more about the legal services we provide.