A Seattle personal injury attorney shares some important questions to ask your child’s doctor that can help you better understand paralysis and your child.

Asking the Right Questions is Key to Understanding Childhood Paralysis

Andrew Kim
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4/20/2014
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Do you know someone who is paralyzed? Maybe your child has been paralyzed by a spinal cord injury. If this is the case, there could be many different questions you have running through your mind:

  • What’s going to happen next?
  • What kind of future will my child have?
  • How am I going to afford to pay for all of the care and changes that will be required to return to a “normal” life?

If you’ve done some research on your own, you may already know that life will look very different after paralysis. It’s very likely your child will need different assistive technologies to assist with mobility and other daily tasks. Your home may need modifications to allow room for wheelchairs or to accommodate your child’s new physical needs. You may need to get a handicap-accessible vehicle with a lift to accommodate new transportation needs. And your child may need to undergo a therapy regimen for the rest of his or her life.

Your child’s doctor may be able to answer many other questions you may have. But, if you are new to the world of spinal cord injuries or paralysis, you might not know what kinds of questions to ask.

Here are a few important questions to ask your doctor about childhood paralysis:

  • Exactly where is the location of my child’s spinal cord injury?
  • Is surgery necessary?
  • What is my child’s long-term prognosis?
  • How will this injury affect my child’s daily life?
  • What kinds of medical equipment will my child need to continue on with day-to-day life?
  • What different kinds of therapy will my child and our family need to undergo through this process?
  • Will my child need any medication?
  • Do we need to change our child’s daily routine to accommodate the new needs?
  • Could my child ever regain some, or all, motor function that was lost?

Getting the answers to these questions, and others, can help you and your child better cope to the changes that result after paralysis. By knowing what lies ahead, you can work together to begin the recovery process.

Even though many of the new demands of paralysis can become a financial burden on families, it’s important for you to help your child understand that they do not have to cope with the trauma of paralysis alone.

But there is hope after a catastrophic spinal cord injury like paralysis. At Andrew Kim Law, we have the experience and commitment that you deserve and need to seek the legal justice for your injuries. Fill out an online form today to get more information about how we may be able to help you get the answers you deserve.



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