Indiana Spinal Cord Injury
What is a life care plan and why is it important to one dealing with spinal cord injury? John P. Young is an Indiana Spinal Cord Injury attorney practicing in Indianapolis, IN since 1988. Mr. Young is part of Young and Young, spinal cord injury lawyers since 1954. We have represented many, many Hoosiers injured in car crashes, construction accidents, semi tractor-trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents and drunk driver accidents who have dealt with spinal cord injury. As you know spinal cord injury can be a catastrophic injury if it leads to paralysis. We know that depending on where the injury is in the spinal column, the injured person can have varying degrees of paralysis. The higher the injury, the more of the body is affected. Of course there are many different possible results when a person is recovering from a spinal cord injury, but the purpose of this discussion necessarily deals with the higher spinal cord injury which results in significant paralysis. The person dealing with a high spinal cord injury is commonly referred to as a person dealing with quadriplegia or a quadriplegic. This individual has lost sensation over most of the body but at the very least from about the nipples down. These people may have partial movement of the arms or sensation in a finger, but there freedom of movement is significantly impaired. Some effects of this condition are obvious, a person cannot walk, dress themselves, use stairs etc. Some of these effects are not so obvious. This person will require a bowel and bladder maintenance program. Infection is another big danger because of the weaker immune system.
So, what does a life care plan have to do with the welfare of a person with significant spinal cord injury? It is essential. If the injury was caused by the negligence of another such as in one of the type of accidents listed above, the person who caused the harm is responsible for making up for that harm. It is not enough that they “kind of” make up for it, they must make up for all the harm. So, in the situation of the quadriplegic person, how do we know what making up for all the harm means? Well, in addition to paying the past medical bills, and the past and future lost wages, the person who caused the harm should pay for the future medical bills and for future needs for adaptive devices. Adaptive devices are those things that give the injured person the most independence available to them. Examples of adaptive devices include wheelchairs, slide boards, special gloves for allowing manipulation of dinner tools, and many, many more. A life care planner is a specialist in studying the needs of the person dealing with quadriplegia, talking with the patient’s doctors and formulating a list of items likely to be required to maintain the injured person in the best quality of life possible. The life care planner prices these items in the local market, establishes the likely number of replacements in the future, the likely type of continuing medical care anticipated and the costs of the medical care, and puts together a plan which will support the highest quality of life for the individual. These plans are adjusted for anticipated inflation.
Knowing the individual needs is the first step to making up for the harm caused. If you or anyone in your family is dealing with a spinal cord injury caused by another’s negligence, call John P. Young, at Young and young. Put their experience on your side. Call, toll free, 1-888-639-5161 or write Mr. Young at [email protected]. Mr. Young guarantees no fee unless you receive compensation. Call today.