Paralysis from an accident can have a massive financial impact

When you get behind the wheel of a vehicle or ride in one, you know there's always some risk involved. If you were in a serious car accident that resulted in paralysis, you may just be grateful that you survived such a serious accident. Chances are that your entire focus is on healing as much as possible and working toward recovery.

Money shouldn't be your first concern, but it is something you should consider when deciding what to do. After all, medical costs associated with a back or spinal injury can quickly skyrocket. Chances are good, unless you have an office job, that your injury will also impact your ability to work. Depending on the situation that led to your paralysis, you should look into your various options for compensation.

Many kinds of accidents can cause paralysis

There are a lot of ways that you get injured, resulting in partial or complete paralysis. One of the more common ways people sustain serious spinal and back injuries is via motor vehicle accidents. Those who aren't wearing seatbelts can end up getting thrown from a vehicle.

Even with a safety belt secured, the impact could result in a jarring injury. In some cases, debris from the accident or even the contents of a commercial truck could fly into your vehicle, resulting in penetrating injuries to your back, neck or spine.

It is also possible to sustain a paralyzing injury to your spinal cord while working, due to a fall, falling equipment or a machinery issue. Sometimes, a work-related stroke or similar medical event could also result in paralysis.

Paralysis comes in different forms and severity

Depending on the location of your injury, you could lose motor control of your legs or your entire body. Neck injuries could result in the loss of use of your arms and legs. In severe cases, specialized equipment may be required for continued respiration and other critical bodily functions. Sometimes, only one side of your body is impacted, while other times it affects both sides.

Even if your injury is lower down on your back or spine, loss of use of your legs and pelvic area can still impact your mobility and ability to work. Depending on your career path, you may find yourself completely unable to work after a paralyzing accident. If your employer can accommodate your mobility needs, it's possible to continue working. Every situation is different. If you are unable to return to work, you could face serious financial hardship.

Regardless of how you got injured and how much of your body is impacted, you should look into all of your options for compensation. Medical expenses and lost wages can quickly result in serious financial issues. You shouldn't have to worry about losing your home or health care because of an accident or injury.

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