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What costs can you recoup after getting paralyzed in a crash?

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2023 | Car Accidents |

Suffering paralysis from a car accident in Kentucky is a life-altering experience. It is not just the physical and emotional toll; the financial impact can be overwhelming. The costs associated with such a severe injury can add up quickly, leaving you and your family facing a daunting financial burden.

In these situations, understanding what costs you can recoup is important for planning your future and ensuring you get the support you need.

Medical expenses

One of the primary costs you can recoup is medical expenses. This includes hospital stays, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation and any ongoing medical care related to your paralysis. These expenses can be substantial, especially considering the long-term care often required in paralysis cases. In fact, research indicates that the average first-year cost for someone with a spinal cord injury is a staggering $198,000.

Lost wages and earning capacity

You can also seek compensation for lost wages and loss of earning capacity. If your injury prevents you from returning to your job, or if you need to work fewer hours or take a lower-paying job, you can claim these lost earnings.

Home modification and special equipment

Paralysis often requires modifications to your living space, like wheelchair ramps, special bathrooms or lifts. You can include the costs of these modifications in your claim. Similarly, expenses for special equipment like wheelchairs or adapted vehicles are also recoverable.

Pain and suffering

In addition to tangible expenses, you can claim compensation for pain and suffering. This acknowledges the emotional and physical distress caused by your injury.

Such compensation can help you manage the financial burden of your injury and support your journey to adapting to new life circumstances. Remember, while monetary compensation cannot undo the trauma of the accident, it can provide essential support for your ongoing needs and recovery.