Car accidents can cause just about every kind of injury you can imagine. That means that some people suffer only a few bruises or minor cuts, while others are so badly hurt that they’re left disabled. Amongst those in the latter category are those who have suffered a spinal cord injury. These injuries often leave victims with severe physical limitations that reshape their lives. These losses can be emotionally overwhelming, but making matters even worse is the fact that treating spinal cord injuries is enormously expensive.
The costs of treating a spinal cord injury
The costs associated with treating a spinal cord injury vary on the particular type of spinal cord injury suffered. The sad reality, though, is that nearly, if not all, of them can be financially ruinous. Considered by some to be the least severe type of spinal cord injury, harm that results in any type of incomplete motor functioning can result in nearly $350,000 in medical expense in the first year of treatment. Each following year can accumulate more than $40,000 for lifetime expenses of more than $1 million.
More severe spinal cord injuries are even more costly to treat. Low tetraplegia, for example, can cause more than $750,000 in medical care-related damages in the first year of treatment. Each subsequent year can see more than $100,000 in costs, resulting in lifetime expenses of more than $2 million in some instances.
As if these numbers aren’t staggering enough, they only take medical expenses and rehabilitation costs into account. That means that a spinal cord injury victim’s damages may be much higher considering they will likely include lost wages and pain and suffering.
Fighting for the money you need
There’s no doubt about it: spinal cord injury victims need money. Without the resources they need, these victims might be left without the care they need to reach the fullest recovery possible. This is unacceptable, which is why strong personal injury law firms like ours stand ready to fight these victims. We hope that with zealous advocacy, these victims can secure a better outcome for themselves and their families.