How Car Accident Injuries Impact Daily Life
How often do you stop and appreciate your ability to walk upstairs, take a shower, or cook a meal? While these might seem like mundane tasks, they are activities that can become difficult after an injury from a car accident.
When someone is involved in a serious car accident, they could suffer from many injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Eye injuries or blindness
Injuries like these can not only lead to expensive medical treatment, but may also change everyday aspects of a victim’s life.
Injuries and Accessibility
Even once they are discharged from the hospital, car accident victims may find challenges in their own home. Car accident victims might be unable to get upstairs, or stand up on their own. This hinders their ability to perform basic tasks like showering, dressing themselves, using the restroom, or cooking. If someone is in a wheelchair, they might be unable to reach shelves or high-up spaces in their home, while someone with an amputated limb might have a hard time maneuvering around their home while adjusting to a new prosthetic.
Types of Home Modifications
Due to issues like these, accident victims may need home modifications to increase accessibility and ensure their safety and comfort. Some common home modifications include:
- Wheelchair ramps
- Stair lifts
- Enlarged doorways
- Raised toilet seats
- Shower grab bars
- Lowered countertops
- Re-installing appliances at lower levels
Even a seemingly simple change, like adding a hand rail in the shower or by the toilet, can make a huge difference for someone who is dealing with mobility issues after an accident. However, modifications can be very expensive, especially in a larger home with numerous rooms that may need modifications.
The need for accessibility modifications is just another reason why car accident victims and their families deserve proper compensation. If the accident was not their fault, they do not deserve to be saddled with financial worries as they struggle to admit to a new lifestyle after a brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other life-changing injury. If you have suffered an injury that has lead to the need for home modifications, consider consulting an experienced car accident attorney to learn more about how you can find compensation to cover your costs.
The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.