Previous posts here have mentioned the dangers that Connecticut residents face when they are involved in a motor vehicle accident. The most serious injury is likely a brain injury, which can leave an individual paralyzed or otherwise permanently disabled. These victims will not only face the prospect of intensive medical treatment in the immediate aftermath of the injury, but also the prospect of a lengthy – and expensive – rehabilitation outlook.
There are many different forms of rehabilitation that a motor vehicle accident victim could engage in, depending on the severity and nature of the injury in question. For instance, “locomotor” or “movement” training involves just the basic act of getting the body moving again. After a brain injury, this is likely to be easier said than done. The use of treadmills is common in this type of rehabilitation, but only when properly supervised by medical or therapeutic professionals.
A treatment known as “functional electrical stimulation” is another option for those who have lost the use of their legs due to a brain or spinal injury. This type of treatment sends low-level electrical stimulation into the victim’s leg muscles, causing a contraction that allows them to pedal a stationary bicycle. And, if that isn’t futuristic-sounding enough, so-called “exoskeletons” are beginning to see some use in brain and spine injury rehabilitation as well.
Unfortunately, even though all of these rehabilitative options may help motor vehicle accident victims with their medical treatment and rehabilitation, they are usually expensive. When the victim’s injuries occurred due to the fault of a negligent party, it may be possible to pursue financial compensation to help cover these costs.