If you have suffered a catastrophic injury in a motorcycle accident, you may be temporarily or permanently unable to walk. Not being able to move freely throughout your home may cause you to lose your independence. That, of course, is not ideal.
Fortunately, with wheelchair ramps, you may be able to enter and exit your home without calling for help. If you live in a multi-level house, you may also want to look into adding a mechanical lift. Either way, you need to know how much to budget for your home modifications.
The price of installing a wheelchair ramp depends on the materials you use. The length and width of the ramp may also make a considerable difference in cost. HomeAdvisor notes that most wheelchair ramps are 30-feet long and 30-inches wide. Steel, concrete and wood ramps may set you back about $250 per linear foot, with an aluminum one being a bit cheaper.
If you live in a house with more than one level, you probably need more than ramps to reach all parts of your home. A mechanical chair lift may get the job done. This type of lift features a chair that moves up and down a track alongside your existing stairs. According to 101 Mobility, chair lifts usually cost between $2,000 and $5,000, but you may save some cash by installing a used one.
Even though your accident-related injury may be both painful and inconvenient, you may not have to rely on others to navigate your home. Ultimately, if you must make home modifications to help you cope with the injury, you may be able to pursue financial compensation from the individual who caused the accident.