Were you injured in an auto wreck? You are not alone. Approximately 3 million Americans each year are seriously injured in car crashes. Some of the most severe injuries involve the neck and back. Spinal cord injuries may result in partial loss of nerve or motor function, even paralysis. The effects on your life include medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Receiving such an injury may mean that you need assistance for years. 

You should not have to pay for another person’s negligence. Know your rights and your options. Some aspects of your life may never be the same again. 

Home 

Home safety is your first priority. Depending on your limitations, you may need just a few simple, affordable adjustments. Replace light switches, water faucets and door handles with models that are easy to operate. Install rails or handgrips in hallways and bathrooms to help with stability. If you need a wheelchair to get around, you will need more expensive modifications. Your home may require an extensive remodel to widen doorways and install counters at the proper height. If you have a two-story home, you may need to install a wheelchair lift. 

Work 

Limited mobility or poor motor function may make it difficult for you to keep your job. You may not be able to perform certain tasks crucial to your profession. Your employer should make reasonable accommodations for your disabilities. Unfortunately, some jobs are too vigorous for spinal cord injury patients. Vocational rehabilitation may be necessary, where you can learn new skills that qualify you for less physically demanding work. 

Travel 

Your back injury should not stop you from driving your car, thanks to power assist devices and hand controls. However, such items can be costly. Vacations are still possible, too, though they may require extra planning. Cruise ships are often the most accessible option, but air travel is possible as well. If your travel plans include hotel stays, you may need to call ahead and confirm that the facility can accommodate your particular situation. It may help to work with a travel agent who specializes in booking trips for those with special needs.