Spinal Cord Injury After a Colorado Motorcycle Accident: Prioritizing Next Steps
graveled road, collided with a car at an intersection or flipped after the steering column locked, you suffered serious damage, possibly including traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. In addition to your pain and medical problems, your ride may be wrecked, you may be too hurt to work, and you might be reeling from the emotional trauma and shock from the accident.
Prioritizing Problem Solving After a Big Motorcycle Crash
The sheer number of challenges created by a motorcycle wreck – particularly one severe enough to cause paraplegia, quadriplegia or spinal injury – can be overwhelming. It wasn’t as if your life was simple and tidy before the crash, either. Odds are, you were working hard to build a business, raise a family, or help someone else with a medical problem. The accident came at an inopportune time and created extra pressure and commitments you did not need.
So how can you get control of your life and feel more clearheaded about the situation? Here are 3 strategies to consider:
1.Write down all the concerns on your mind about the accident.
For instance, you might have questions about the course of treatment recommended by your doctor, worries about when and if you can go back to work and stress about how to pay the bills while laid up because of the spinal injury. Write these all down. Also, write down any other related concerns and desires – small and large – ranging from “I need to figure out how to walk the dog” to “I want apologize to my brother about the argument we had when I was on pain medication after the accident.” Instead of storing these concerns in your head, get them down on paper, so that you can deal with them in a more objective way.
Creating this list won’t make your worries go away, but it will help you get a sense of the landscape of all your commitments, which can empower you, because you’ll see that they’re not infinite. The list will also help you plant a “stake in the ground” and begin to get organized.
2.Get very clear on your next steps, medically.
Hopefully, you have already seen an emergency specialist and a doctor. When you know your course of action – what you should do and shouldn’t do – it’s easier to relax and focus on the other pressing concerns that need your attention.
3.Recruit help to manage your problems.
Ask friends, your boss, family members and others for assistance. Maybe your neighbor could walk your dog and water your lawn, while you wait for X-ray and MRI results. Maybe your sister could come watch the kids while you go for surgery. The point is: you don’t have to go through this situation by yourself. Reach out, and ask for the help that you need.
Along those lines, if you haven’t yet retained a Colorado spinal cord injury attorney, please consider doing so as soon as possible. Contact the Law Office of Steve Roberts, LLC, at 720-515-7058.