A Day In the Life of An Injured Longshoreman - Part Two

Unable to work, his finances drained, Inocencio lives with relatives after being crushed by a crane while working as the supervisor of a cleaning crew on a barge.

His injuries and his pain restrict his movement. It takes several minutes to put on his socks. The daily dependence on his relatives for the most basic of tasks has taken its toll on his mental health.

It started when he woke up after spending three months in a coma when his pride became the newest casualty of the crane accident. He wanted to get up to use the restroom and his pride was injured when he was forced to use a bedpan.

He used to be very active and independent, proud of being able to spend time riding his horses at his family ranch in Mexico and providing for his family as a longshoreman. 

His life is lived indoors now. Everybody in his family stopped everything to help him. As much as they want to help, his family is now in a deep crisis. His daughter says, "All of us make minimum wage, we really can't afford the cost to take care of him... and when it comes to his medical care, we aren't doctors, we aren't nurses. We really don't know what to do anyway."

Facing a lifetime of medical procedures, treatments, medications, doctor visits, and health issues, including cognitive impairment from when the crane dragged him down the length of the barge, Inocencio needs professional daily health care for the rest of his life. 

 

Vuk Stevan Vujasinovic
Experienced Injury Lawyer. First Generation American. Life-Long Texan. Husband. Father.