When a person suffers a catastrophic injury to the spine that results in paralysis, he or she will need to learn to adapt to a variety of limitations and challenges. This adaptation to new challenges can be extremely difficult and frustrating for patients and their families. In addition to physical limitations, patients may also suffer emotional grief and depression after their spinal cord injury.
At John M. O'Brien & Associates our Sacramento paralysis attorneys are dedicated to helping people who are catastrophically injured by another's wrongdoing. We work tirelessly to help people who become paralyzed or otherwise disabled obtain financial relief to ease the situation. Financial compensation may help with expensive medical bills, rehabilitation costs, necessary assistive technologies, and more. To find out if we can help you, please contact our Sacramento law office today.
Complications of Paralysis
Patients who suffer paralysis will likely suffer additional complications as a result of the condition. Also referred to as secondary conditions, complications can include:
- Lost control of bladder and/or bowels.
- Other injuries from lack of feeling.
- Bed sores from staying in the same position for too long.
- Depression and other emotional disorders.
- Chronic pain.
- Increased risk of blood clots.
- Respiratory problems, difficulty breathing.
Treatment and Rehabilitation
The process of adapting to new limitations can be difficult. Early treatment interventions can help a patient adapt quicker and learn to cope with the injury. The quality of care a patient receives immediately following an injury and through to rehabilitation is crucial. Thus, it is important for paralysis patients and their families to research a number of rehabilitation facilities to ensure they receive the highest quality care and the most innovative treatments available.
The following experts may be involved in your treatment plan:
- Physiatrist, a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation and physical medicine and will most likely determine the long-term rehabilitation plan.
- Rehab nurse, a nurse who specializes in restorative principles and management and will most likely work with a patient from the very beginning.
- Occupational therapist, a health care provider that helps paralysis patients learn or relearn everyday activities.
- Physical therapist, a healthcare provider who guides patients through exercise and other physical treatments to help build strength and endurance; they also teach patients how to use any necessary medical devices.
- Recreation therapists, a healthcare provider that helps patients find recreational activities in their communities.
- Vocation therapists, a healthcare provider that helps patients develop job skills following severe injury.
Contact a Sacramento & Elk Grove Paralysis Attorney
We all want the highest quality care for our loved ones and ourselves. At John M. O'Brien & Associates, we want the same for you. As a result, we are committed to fighting aggressively for injured clients so they can get the compensation they need to be able to pay for expensive treatments and high-quality care. To find out how we can help you, please contact our Sacramento & Elk Grove-based lawyers today. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured people throughout California.