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Overcoming Barriers: The Daily Struggles of Living with Paralysis

Overcoming Barriers: The Daily Struggles of Living with Paralysis

Paralysis is a life-altering condition that presents a myriad of challenges for those affected, and with around 18,000 new spinal cord injuries each year in the US, a lot of people are living with paralysis.
Whether it is the result of a catastrophic accident or another traumatic event, learning to navigate the world with limited or no mobility can be an immense physical and emotional struggle. For those who are paralyzed, even the most basic daily tasks can become arduous ordeals.
Accessibility Challenges
One of the primary barriers faced by individuals with paralysis is the lack of accessibility in the built environment. Simple tasks like entering a building, using the restroom, or moving through a space can be fraught with obstacles. Stairs, narrow doorways, and inaccessible facilities create constant frustrations and make independent living extremely difficult.
Even in your own home, modifications may be necessary to accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility aids, adding significant financial burdens.
Mobility Limitations
Beyond the accessibility issues, the physical limitations of paralysis itself present an endless array of daily struggles.
Getting in and out of bed, bathing, dressing, and using the restroom require immense effort and often the assistance of a caregiver. Simple tasks like opening a door or reaching for an item on a high shelf become monumental challenges.
Transportation is another major hurdle, as people with paralysis must rely on specialized vehicles or paratransit services that can be unreliable and difficult to access.
Social Isolation
The combination of physical barriers and mobility restrictions often leads to social isolation for those living with paralysis. Leaving the home becomes a complicated ordeal, deterring many from venturing out. This can result in feelings of loneliness, depression, and a loss of independence. Maintaining meaningful relationships and participating in social activities require immense planning and effort, further exacerbating the issue.
Financial Burdens
The cost of living with paralysis is staggering. According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, someone with paraplegia can expect to spend $518,904 in the first year, and $68,739 every year thereafter. And that doesn’t take into account the normal everyday costs of living!
These financial burdens can be devastating, especially for those who are unable to work or have lost their primary source of income due to the paralysis.
Emotional Toll
The psychological and emotional impact of paralysis cannot be overstated. The sudden and dramatic change in one’s quality of life can be deeply traumatic, leading to feelings of grief, depression, anxiety, and loss of identity. Adjusting to a new way of living and redefining one’s sense of self is an immense challenge that requires significant time, support, and resilience.
Overcoming the Obstacles
Despite the overwhelming obstacles, many individuals living with paralysis demonstrate incredible strength, determination, and resilience. Through the support of loved ones, access to specialized rehabilitation services, and the implementation of assistive technologies, they find ways to reclaim their independence and participate in their communities.
If you have been paralyzed because of an accident, you may be able to claim compensation for your loss of income and quality of life. Get in touch with us. You can visit one of our offices at the locations below:
• 2005 West Main St. Tupelo, MS 38801
• 406 Galleria Dr., Suite 7 Oxford, MS 38655
• 1671 Lelia Dr., Suite B, Jackson, MS 39216
• 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 2700 Memphis, TN 38137
Call us today for a free consultation on (888) 484-1476.

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2005 West Main St. Tupelo, MS 38801


406 Galleria Dr., Suite 7 Oxford, MS 38655


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5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 2700 Memphis, TN 38137


905 Main Street, Columbus MS 39701

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