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What are the ongoing expenses of a severe fall?

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Slip and Falls

A slip-and-fall or a fall from a high place will likely cause injuries, some so severe that victims might need ongoing medical attention. Still, these are not the only consequences of a fall, as challenges like unforeseen expenses to your budget could also become a burden in the short term.

Injuries such as a sprain, a torn ligament, dislocation or fracture are unfortunately common after a severe fall. Usually, the recovery period means substantial expenses ranging from medical care to house modifications and others as follows.

Physiotherapy and painkillers

Most doctors recommend physical therapy after a bad fall to help recover muscle strength. After surgery, physiotherapy becomes even more crucial to enable the patient to regain mobility and the ability to walk.

Regular doctor appointments and taking medicines will recur during recovery, which can lead to substantial medical expenses. For example, painkillers are typically necessary for a certain period.

If your fall resulted from carelessness or negligence by a property owner, you can ask for legal assistance to determine if you are eligible for compensation. Financial issues and expenses should not distract you from your recovery.

House modifications

A bad injury might leave a person disabled temporarily or permanently. This could lead to house modifications, like adapting rooms according to each person’s needs.

Some common adjustments include:

  • Stairs: Installing grab bars on both sides of the staircase, a ramp on small stairs or even a stair lift.
  • Kitchen: Installing a roll-under sink or making lower kitchen cabinets.
  • Bathroom: Installing grab bars beside the toilet, shower, or bathtub.
  • Hallways or rooms: Installing grab bars or making a hallway or doorway wider.

These changes can be costly. For example, a wheelchair ramp cost may vary from $400 to $4,000.

A fall can have different consequences for your well-being and financial situation. Talking to an attorney about your injuries and asking for guidance could make a difference between a positive road to recovery or serious financial issues.