Medical care after a car accident can mean many things. For some, it can be a simple visit to a doctor’s office. For others, it’s a much longer process that can involve hospital stays, medication, and continuing care. The injuries sustained in some accidents are so severe that victims require some type of therapy to be able to move forward with their lives. Therapy is medical treatment that is typically offered on an ongoing basis to help injured persons heal and regain as much of their previous strength as possible.
Types of Therapy for Alaska Car Accident Victims
A few different types of therapy may be helpful after an accident. It’s even possible that injury victims could benefit from more than one of the following types of therapy:
- Physical. With physical therapy, injury victims work on special exercises or with special equipment to regain or improve physical abilities. Physical therapy is used for a wide range of injuries to help patients increase strength and mobility, as well as prevent further injury.
- Occupational. In occupational therapy, people learn ways to fully experience their daily life despite the challenges of an injury or disability. This type of therapy focuses on adaptations that can help injury victims be successful. It also may help them to regain certain skills that were lost because of the accident. It differs from physical therapy in that it is focused more on fine motor skills, cognitive skills, and sensory processing.
- Psychiatric. Psychiatric therapy is aimed at helping victims address a variety of mental and emotional disorders they may experience after a crash. It can help people eliminate or control symptoms that result from trauma and increase their well-being.
When an Accident Victim Might Need Therapy
Therapy can be appropriate in a variety of situations to address many different needs. Many times, a doctor will refer an injury victim to therapy after their initial treatment has occurred. In other situations, the injury victims themselves might feel that therapy can be beneficial. Some common injuries that often require therapy include:
- Physical therapy is often helpful for those who suffer from back pain, rotator cuff injuries, knee injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
- Occupational therapy is most often appropriate in cases of traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, post-surgical issues, broken bones, and amputations.
- Psychiatric therapy can help injury victims address anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, or even just a general feeling that a victim is not coping well with the consequences of the accident.
Therapy typically must be attended regularly over several weeks or months to be effective. Depending on the nature of the injuries, an accident victim may need to be in therapy for several weeks, months, or even years.
The Cost of Therapy After an Alaska Car Accident
The cost of therapy can vary greatly depending on several factors, including where you live and your specific needs. All types of therapy typically occur in 45-minute to one-hour increments, and patients will have to pay anywhere from $50 to $400 each time, depending on their unique needs and type of therapy. Over time, therapy appointments can add up to become a substantial expense. This is especially burdensome for those whose injuries prevent them from working as they did before the accident or even working at all. The health and well-being benefits of therapy, though, can make a significant difference in an accident victim’s life, and worries over the ability to pay for care should not prevent victims from receiving these treatments.
An Alaska Attorney Can Help Victims Obtain the Care They Need
When a careless driver causes injury to another person, it is that driver’s responsibility to provide the care and compensation necessary for the victim to recover as fully as possible. This can include compensation for therapy. However, obtaining this compensation appropriately can be challenging. Insurance companies will get involved to challenge the amount of care that is necessary, and at-fault drivers will look to shift blame. An experienced attorney can combat these tactics and can help accident victims fully understand their rights. Having been there before with other clients, a lawyer can gather the information necessary to get a complete picture of the likely nature of therapy and what that therapy will cost—both now and in the future. Too often, accident victims are convinced to settle their claims for much less than they are worth, depriving them of important physical and emotional care down the road.
Anchorage-based attorney Ben Crittenden has helped many Alaska car accident victims obtain all the care and compensation they need. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident, call Ben in his office today or take a moment to request a free copy of his book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about victim’s rights and the role of an attorney.