If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, your life may change significantly. You may not be able to perform the same job, engage in the same recreational activities or even perform essential functions of daily living.
A catastrophic injury is an injury to the brain, skull or spine that causes significant damage. You should take steps to protect your rights and interests after an injury to make sure you receive adequate compensation for any medical expenses, pain and suffering and care required in the future.
Follow medical advice
After your initial accident, you probably went to the hospital for treatment. If you were fortunate enough to return home after your hospitalization, you are responsible for seeking follow-up care. You should follow all medical instructions to get the appropriate continuing care. You may not know the full effects of some catastrophic injuries on your life for some time after the initial injury. You want to ensure you get all necessary evaluations to determine what medical care you will require going forward and what assistance you need to function.
Make plans for your future
As part of your follow-up care, you will need to consider changes to your living situation. You may need to make some home modifications to accommodate a permanent disability. You may need to arrange regular visits from a home health agency to assist with your daily activities or the upkeep of your home.
A catastrophic injury may forever change your life, but you can access resources for assistance in the future.