Of all the injuries we see at Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, spinal cord injuries are some of the most severe. Any damage to the spinal cord can require a lifetime of rehabilitation and at-home care, as well as frequent surgeries. If you have suffered spinal cord damage, you could easily be looking at seven figures in lifetime costs.
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves running down our backs, connecting our brains to our extremities. Because the cord is so important, it is surrounded by bones called vertebrae. However, traumatic accidents like car collisions or slip and falls can damage the vertebrae and end up tearing, stretching, bruising, or shredding the spinal cord.
As a result, victims can suffer a total or partial loss of sensation and mobility. If the spinal cord is completely severed, then victims are paralyzed from the point below the damage. Even if the spinal cord is only partially damaged, victims can struggle with movement, coordination, balance, and impaired sense of touch. As a result, many are unable to return to their old jobs or work any sort of job.
A recent study from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation estimated how much someone will spend in the first year after sustaining a spinal cord injury. They also calculated the lifetime costs based on the age of the victim.
The results are staggering. Here is how much a spinal cord injury victim will pay in the first year:
The high costs in the first year can be attributed to surgeries needed to stabilize the spinal column. Although surgery must occur less frequently, the costs in subsequent years are still considerable:
These amounts cover rehabilitation, at-home attendants, and other necessary medical care. everyone’s situation is different, but these are the averages.
A lifetime of care can easily surpass seven figures, especially when victims are young at the time of injury. The same study found that a 25-year-old would spend the following amounts over the course of her lifetime:
These amounts are only for medical care. They do not cover lost wages if the victim cannot work. Someone who is completely paralyzed at an early age might lose out on millions of dollars in compensation and benefits, as well.
As you can see, the lifetime costs of medical treatment are staggering. If you or a loved one has been injured, you will need to find all available compensation, including compensation from a settlement or lawsuit.
At Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, we put client well-being at the center of our practice. In this emotional time, you need experienced, steady hands. We have decades of experience in this field and will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, please reach out to us today.
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