Tampa Home Modification Lawyer
Work accidents that cause severe injury can leave an employee hospitalized or in a rehabilitation center until their home is modified to create a safe environment for their disability. The home modification is only a small portion of a much larger claim, but it is crucial to handle it properly so that the injured worker feels mobile and independent within their own home. If you or a loved one have been severely injured in a work incident, it is never too early to start talking to an experienced Tampa home modification lawyer about what might be required for your home modification.
Reasons for Home Modifications
Any type of catastrophic injury can leave a person permanently disabled and in need of home modifications. Most commonly, people think of paralysis as a reason for needing a home modification because of the need for wheelchair access throughout the living space. Other reasons a person may need modifications include amputations, blindness, traumatic brain injuries, spinal column back injuries, fractured hip, burn injuries, electrocution, work-caused illnesses such as mesothelioma, and trauma to internal organs.
Types of Modifications
- Doorway widening;
- Stair lifts;
- Additional outlets for medical equipment to be plugged in;
- Environmental and voice control systems;
- Handrails and grab bars;
- Walk-in bathtub or shower;
- Countertop modifications;
- Vehicle modifications; and
If a home cannot be modified for a person’s particular disabilities, then it may be necessary to consider a new home. Under these circumstances, the insurance company is liable for the difference in cost between the homes, so that you are not taking on a mortgage you cannot afford.
Costs of a Home Modification
Major insurance companies do not have to deal with home modification claims very often. The Claims Journal points out that this can leave insurance claims professionals inadequately prepared to evaluate the scope of the project and the subsequent costs. Any delay by the insurance company will keep you away from home or in an uncomfortable environment for longer than necessary. An experienced attorney can advocate on your behalf during this time. While insurance companies want to keep the price tag low, the costs of home modification are often expensive. According to Fixr.com, the average cost of remodeling a bathroom for a disability is $9,000 and a kitchen is likely to cost over $15,000 for disability accommodations. Some modifications will require a permit before even starting the project, which can take months for a city to approve, further proving that time is of the essence for insurance adjusters to do their jobs swiftly and properly.
Contact a Tampa Workers’ Compensation Attorney About Your Claim
There is no place like home, especially after you have sustained a traumatic, life-altering injury. If you were hurt on the job and are permanently disabled, your workers’ compensation claim should include home modifications to your house, condominium, trailer, or other dwelling. The Tampa attorneys at Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian can help make sure your home is properly modified for your safety and well-being. Contact us at 813-279-2686 today for a free consultation.