Loss of a limb is among the most life-altering possible consequences of medical malpractice. This type of severe injury also commonly results from workplace and auto accidents, as well as from complications of diabetes. No matter what the cause, amputation can lead to extensive pain and suffering, as well as permanently limit a patient’s mobility and independence. Moreover, necessary home modifications for amputees can be very cost- and time-intensive to arrange. In light of the aforementioned effects, lawsuits often follow instances of amputation resulting from medical malpractice or negligence.
If you’re an attorney involved in an amputation lawsuit, consulting a life care planner may be beneficial to your case. This expert can provide an overview of the long-term care and accommodations needed for the patient to achieve the best possible quality of life, given the impairments and particular needs resulting from their severe injury.
The Cardinal LifeCare Consulting team includes detail-oriented life care planning specialists, as well as medical expert witnesses. To learn more about our services, call us at 724-487-0519 today.
Possible Necessary Home Modifications for Amputees
As previously mentioned, making the necessary changes for an amputee to live as comfortably, safely and independently as possible can be expensive. In many cases, entire areas of the home will need to be reconfigured. Some of the most commonly utilized home modifications for amputees include:
- Lowering cabinets and shelves for easier access
- Adding railings and ramps to home entrances and exits
- Widening doorways or installing hinges which allow doors to open more fully
- Installing grab bars and non-slip mats in bathrooms
- Obtaining a bath bench or chair
- Adding night lights throughout the home
- Installing motion sensor lights and soap dispensers
How a Life Care Planner Can Assist in an Amputation Lawsuit
Ultimately, home modifications for amputees can vary greatly from patient to patient. Even amongst patients with similar injuries, differing needs and desires can result in a totally different set of necessary alterations. Thus, the process of determining and arranging for appropriate home modifications after injury can be quite involved.
This is one area in which the assistance of a skilled life care planner can be invaluable. This professional will work closely with the patient to gain insight into their living situation and condition. After evaluating the patient’s needs and discussing their wishes, the life care planner will create a roadmap for their recovery and ongoing care, including associated costs.
Count On Cardinal LifeCare for Evidence-Based Life Care Planning Services
Across the nation, lawyers involved in severe injury lawsuits trust Cardinal LifeCare Consulting to create thorough, objective life care plans which will serve as a great asset during litigation. To discuss how a licensed legal nurse consultant or expert witness from our network can be of assistance to you and your client, contact us today at 724-487-0519.