Rights & Responsibilities of a Person with Spinal Cord Injury
Depending on how a spinal cord injury occurs, one has several sources from which to seek financial assistance. For instance, did the injury occur in a car or sports utility vehicle (SUV) accident? Did the injury occur at work or in a location where someone else may have had some responsibility for the injury?
Not all injuries are the fault of someone else, but quickly hiring an attorney to fully investigate how the injury occurred is wise because it takes the stress of investigating off of the injured and/or their family and it allows one to fully explore all possible avenues of responsibility, and consequently financial assistance.
Spinal Cord Injury Insurance Overview
Many sources of insurance and/or health benefits are potentially available, including personal health insurance, workers compensation benefits, as well as government benefits including, depending on your residence and circumstances, state-funded Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security benefits. You should make a list of all benefits available to you (for which you qualify) in order to maximize the benefits you may receive at the various stages of a spinal cord injury.
Spinal Cord Injury Benefits
- Medical / Hospital Benefits
- Physical / Occupational / Psychological Therapy
- Equipment and durable goods (wheelchairs, Hoyer lifts, daily needs supplies),Medications
- Attendant care (e.g., home health care aides, private-hire aides, agency-hired aides)
- Vocational/work-place training
- On-going disability benefits