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How to Adapt to Life with a Disability

After sustaining a catastrophic injury in a car crash or another accident, you may develop a disability. Adapting to life with a disability may not be easy, but with the right resources, you can build a rewarding life. Many people who live with disabilities live independently, and some even raise children, participate in sports, and find new ways to thrive.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 5 Americans lives with a disability and has many resources and personal stories available on its website. Unfortunately, not all of the resources available to people with disabilities are free and accessible.

Whether you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit or just received a settlement or verdict, we wanted to give you an idea of what life with a disability is like and how certain resources can help you succeed.

Therapy and Counseling

The first step to living a full life with a disability is learning to accept your disability. Many people find therapy and counseling helpful during this period of adjustment. Therapists can help you grieve your losses and cope with the changes in your life. They can also connect you to support groups to help you find new friends and people who truly understand what you’re going through.

Physical Fitness

After a life-changing injury, getting exercise may be difficult. Physical therapists can help you become aware of your abilities and learn your limits, and personal trainers can work within these limits to help you achieve your goals. Fitness is great for your health and mental well-being, so don’t hesitate to ask for help getting the exercise you need.

You may also wish to join a parasports league, so you can play hard and compete, regardless of physical disability.

Another professional who can help you maximize your physical fitness is a nutritionist. Your dietary needs and restrictions may change after an accident, and your nutritionist can help you determine what foods and habits keep you the healthiest and happiest.

Assistive Care and Devices

Sometimes, getting around and completing everyday tasks just isn’t as easy as it used to be, and that’s okay. Asking for help may be difficult, but it can help improve your quality of life and ensure you are able to take care of yourself. Many people recruit companions to help with errands and difficult tasks around the house. Some people need part-time or full-time medical care to manage the complications associated with their disability.

In other cases, making changes can help with independence. If you use a wheelchair, for example, you may need to move to a residence without stairs or install a chair lift in your home. Some people even install custom devices in their vehicles to make it easier for them to drive. People who have had limbs amputated can get fitted for prosthetics, and with the right resources, there are countless assistive devices that can make life easier.

Final Thoughts

With the right people and products in your life, a disability doesn’t have to be a tragedy. While many of these resources come for free in the form of family members and support from around the web, others cost money.

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, filing a lawsuit can help you gain access to the resources you need. A settlement or verdict can give you the money for a new wheelchair, physical therapy, counseling, and even a nurse to help with errands and at-home care. For cases where a lawsuit is not appropriate, social security disability insurance may provide much-needed financial support.

To understand your legal options and work toward securing your future, you should speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC, we are available 24/7 to discuss your situation during a free case review.

Call us at (866) 675-4427 or contact us online to schedule yours today.