No one can ever predict when an injury from a car accident, a slip and fall accident, or using a faulty product will impact their life forever. Suffering from a catastrophic injury can change a person’s entire life—from their ability to work to their ability to take care of themselves to losing their mental and physical capabilities.
Because it can be difficult to move forward after a severe injury, some situations may require that a victim receives special services and extra help to assist with their newly realized physical or mental disabilities.
If you have a loved one who has unfortunately been the victim to an unforeseen accident, you’re going to need some information on what may change, how their life may be impacted, and what kind of care they’re going to need going forward.
LONG-TERM MEDICAL CARE
A catastrophic injury may result in damage that requires multiple surgeries, expensive medications, physical or occupational rehabilitation, or in-home health care. This may require friends and family to help them get back and forth to appointments in addition to helping them keep track of medical records and bills.
ALTERATIONS TO THEIR WORK LIFE
If a friend or a family member has been involved in a catastrophic accident that resulted in major injuries, then they may not be able to return to work right away–or maybe ever again depending on the severity. This means that the victim will need to figure out an alternate way to get compensated so that they can pay their rent or mortgage payments, other bills, and provide for their family. Often, this will involve seeking out disability payments from the government as well as filing a lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for their injuries.
CHANGES TO THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS
When someone has a devastating injury (or injuries), then even their home life may have to change because they may not physically be able to get around anymore. If, for example, they are required to use a wheelchair, then hallways may have to be widened, bathrooms will have to be handicap accessible, and ramps will need to be installed to get up to the front door. If they live in a home with stairs, they will need to have a way to get up to their bedroom as needed.
Essentially, you and the victim will have to determine everything they need to get back to living as normal of a life as they can.
If you or a loved one has had a catastrophic injury in Georgia that occurred due to the negligence or recklessness of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, or lost wages. Call the Fry Law team at (404) 948-3571 today to set up a consultation. Don’t go through this difficult time alone.