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The cost of a spinal cord injury goes beyond medical costs

When you think of a spinal cord injury, you might think about the medical costs that are associated with the injury. That isn't the only cost of a spinal cord injury that victims will have to cope with. If the spinal cord injury led to paralysis of any sort, you might have to modify your home to accommodate your new needs. This can cost a considerable amount of money.

At a minimum, you might need to get ramps made to help accommodate a wheelchair. The ramps can help you get in and out of your house, but that isn't the only change that you might need. You might need to change the height of the doorknobs, which means replacing doors. If the doorways in your home are narrow, you might have to have them widened to accommodate the size of your wheelchair.

In the bathroom, you might need a different toilet and a different shower. You will need a toilet that is easy to transfer onto if you still are able to use a regular toilet. You will also need a shower that you can wheel your chair into so that you can shower as needed. A hand-held shower head is another change that you may need to make in your home.

Changing the layout of the house and finding furniture that you can use can also add more of an expense to the home modification. These expenses might be covered if you seek compensation from the person who caused the accident that led to your spinal cord injury.

Source: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, "Home Modification," accessed April 29, 2016

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