Can You Afford a Spinal Cord Injury?

Posted on April 23, 2014 by

In the United States, an estimated 200,000 individuals are living with a spinal cord injury, with anywhere from 12,000 to 20,000 new patients joining that number every year. There are many causes that contribute to this number, with the four most common being motor vehicle accidents (46%), falls (22%), violence (16%) and sports-related injuries (12%) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010).

A spinal cord injury, also referred to as an “SCI”, is one of the most serious medical conditions that one can suffer, as such injuries can have a lasting negative effect on one’s mobility, finances, and overall well-being. Given that the spinal column and cord are so fragile, it doesn’t need to be a significant injury or event for someone to suffer from a permanent or semi-permanent spinal cord injury.

More Than Just A Physical Disability

SCIs can not only leave an individual physically impaired, but mentally impaired as well. The spinal cord houses a bundle of nerves that extend from the brain and then branch peripherally. These nerves are essential for our brains to be able to communicate with the rest of our body. Any damage to the spinal column can impact our spinal cord and leave an individual with temporary or even permanent neurological impairments.

There are a number of long-term complications that come with this type of injury, including:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Respiratory
  • Urinary
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Psychological side effects

The Costs Associated With An SCI

For a number of SCIs, having such an injury can cost individuals hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars a year. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) released these estimated costs:

  • High Tetraplegia (C1-C4): First year – $1,023,924 Each year following – $171,808
  • Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8): First year – $739,874 Each year following – $109,077
  • Paraplegia: First year – $499,023 Each year following – $66,106
  • Incomplete motor function at any level: First year – $334,170 Each year following – $40,589

The estimated lifetime cost of living with an SCI can range anywhere from $500,000 to well over $4 million, depending on the severity and duration of the injury. Sadly, with an estimated 50-70% of SCIs occurring in younger individuals aged 15-35, this makes the lifetime costs even more considerable.

Knowing exactly what your rights are and seeking the legal expertise of an SCI experienced personal injury attorney is essential in protecting the financial and physical well-being of yourself or a loved one. At Marvin S. Lanter, we’ll help you recover full compensation for any damages that you have suffered so you can focus on what’s most important of all: healing.

If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or product fault, then we invite you to contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your case. We welcome your call at 310-504-1306.

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