Lifelong Treatment and Management of a Catastrophic Injury

Management and treatment of a catastrophic injury typically spans a lifetime. This type of injury doesn't heal up and feel better in the weeks, months or years following the accident. Physical and emotional scars and pain can last a lifetime, so making sure the victims of catastrophic injury are properly cared for is absolutely essential. Sure the cost of initial medical expenses and care can be astronomical, but that's really just the beginning.

Initial Medical Expenses and Care

The lifelong treatment and management of a catastrophic injury begins with your initial medical expenses and care. Your very first visit to the hospital marks the beginning of your journey with a catastrophic injury. Whether you were injured by a doctor or nurse during a separate medical procedure or you suffered a catastrophic injury in a car accident, your life will never be the same. Depending upon what kind of injury you've sustained, you could be in the hospital for weeks or months. Victims of severe burns can spend many painful months in burn units marking the beginning of a lifelong series of procedures and painful treatments.

Loss of Wages and Future Wages

Depending upon whether you're a breadwinner in your family, the second part of living with a catastrophic injury is handling the loss of wages and future wages. Insurance companies are slow to pay out, and your spouse or loved ones might also have to take off work to take care of you. Immediately after a catastrophic injury, the last thing anybody is thinking about is making it to work on time. If your life is hanging in the balance, your loved one's jobs just aren't priorities. By their nature, an injury of this type will typically leave the survivor out of work permanently or for a long period of time.

Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy

Another aspect of lifelong management of a catastrophic injury is long term rehabilitation plans and physical therapy. This is especially true for victims who have suffered from neck and spinal cord injuries. Since in many cases, physical therapy and rehabilitation can help to improve independence and mobility for injured victims, these sessions are absolutely essential. Although they're beneficial, physical therapy sessions can be painful, trying and difficult for patients. It's not like going to the gym or meeting with a personal trainer. It's hard, painful work. Thankfully for many people, it does help them to regain independence and mobility, which is critical for improving quality of life after a catastrophic injury.

Future Procedures and Hospitalization

A catastrophic injury isn't something that you go to the hospital for once. Most people with catastrophic injuries deal with the long-lasting impacts of a catastrophic injury for the rest of their lives. Victims may need multiple surgical or rehabilitative procedures of a decade or longer.

Supplies, Equipment and Vehicle and Home Modifications

An important and rarely thought of part of the lifelong impacts of a catastrophic injury are how your needs are going to change. Suddenly, your split level home isn't as user friendly as it was the day you bought it. You might need certain medical supplies on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Depending on what kind of injury you have sustained, you might need a wheel chair, scooter or other mobility device. Additionally, home renovations to improve accessibility will also be important. For survivors of spinal cord injuries, vans with lifts might also be a necessity for mobility outside of the home. Service animals for a patient who lost his or her vision would also serve to improve independence and quality of life.

Home or Intuitional Care

You might also find yourself in need of lifelong care at home or in a nursing care facility. It's not uncommon for a family member, loved one or spouse to quit working to take care of an injured loved one, full time. This could mean a loss of not only the original victim's income, but also the loved one's income as well. Lifelong care in a nursing or assisted care facility can also be costly to families with an injured loved one. This option is typically reserved for people who are so severely injured that a loved one can't care for them in the home. They may need special, around-the-clock medical care after the injury, temporarily or permanently.

Providing for Children with Catastrophic Injuries

Ultimately, lifelong care of children who sustain catastrophic injuries either at birth or later present some of the most challenges when trying to plan for long term care. Everybody wants to make sure their children are provided for long after their gone, but this can be especially difficult for parents of children who have suffered from catastrophic injuries.

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