What Caregivers of Accident Victims Should Know
Personal Injury accidents affect victims in a lot of ways, but most of all their physical and financial well-being. But victims of personal injury are not the only ones affected. Caregivers for accident victims are often made up of spouses, close friends, children and other family members.
Although some accident victims receive limited injuries which they can recover from shortly after the incident, countless others suffer from injuries for the remainder of their lives. In these cases, caregivers must unexpectedly deal with a duty they never planned on having: the daily care of a loved one.
Lawyers often ask clients and victims about the costs of an accident; how has the injury and its consequences affected your income, happiness, and overall quality of life? Here we at Kenneth Cristall Law strive to ask the same questions of caregivers, realizing that they too are impacted by these life-changing events.
What Will Change?
When a loved one receives a serious injury, there will be more repercussions than just hospital bills. After they come home, the victim will likely need constant attention and care. For specific severe injuries such as whiplash, fractures, amputations, brain and head trauma, or even paraplegia/quadriplegia, the victim may not even be able to do the most basic tasks for themselves.
When victims reach this level of injury severity, they will be unable to produce income as well as taking care of their personal daily needs for the foreseeable future. This means that not only will your duties change, but also things like long-term goals, career plans, and family planning.
While this all may be difficult to emotionally grasp, learning what to expect will help you to make a faster and healthier adjustment. And the more accepting and aware you are with this adjustment process, the better the outcome will be for your loved one.
Unbeknownst to some, caring for a severely injured person takes actual physical strength. Turning someone in their bed, lifting them into a wheelchair, and helping them to the bathroom may all be necessary tasks that require physical capabilities.
In the hospital at the beginning, carefully watch the nurse to see how he or she lifts; do certain angles work better than others? Are there better places to grip a person when lifting? Do some research on courses you might take for in-home care and consider receiving some kind of certification so that you can give the best possible care to your loved one.
Aside from physical strength, it can be taxing to focus all your efforts on taking care of someone else. Be sure to continue to take care of yourself by eating a healthy diet, exercising, and maintaining personal hygiene and germ prevention. If you aren’t healthy, you won’t be able to take care of anyone.
The basic medical benefits presented by ICBC may not include all in-home care equipment such as seating and mobility, respiratory services, bathroom safety equipment and home medical furniture. All of these materials and equipment may be necessary for the most common accident injuries, and create another extra expense to deal with.
Whereas most firms will tell you to keep track of your medical bills, it’s even better to also keep a careful record of anything paid for (or income lost) as a result of an accident. So if you buy a wheelchair or walking aid, and pay monthly for medical supplies, be sure to record all supplies bought in order to help the success of your loved one’s case.
Prescriptions and Medications
Medications are specifically covered by ICBC in your medical benefits. However, co-pays and prices vary from prescription to prescription. It’s a good idea to keep track of all that you spend on medications, as well as your insurance policy regarding medication payment. Be sure to also keep all original receipts.
Although our firm does not charge you fees until you have been paid, all other parties involved won’t wait to send you the bill. The cost of medical bills can be overwhelming, especially coupled with all other payments. Be sure that you know all the financial factors involved, whether it’s medications or home-care supplies, physical therapy, or extra costs as the caregiver.
Keeping track of these costs will only aid your or your loved one’s case. Commit now to maintaining an accurate financial record so that you can save time when your trusted lawyer asks for proof of extra costs as a result of the accident. Keeping an accurate record will lessen your stress and help to maintain financial stability. A tragic thing may have happened to you, but you can still choose how to react.
If you would like to learn more about what to do after an accident, call Kenneth Cristall Law today! We proudly serve clients from Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Richmond and Langley.
Book an appointment with us and we’ll provide you with the counsel and advice that you deserve in your time of need.