Spinal cord injuries are often devastating for victims. Not only can these injuries completely rearrange a person’s quality of life, but they also tremendously affect the injury victim’s family.
Spinal cord injuries also become very expensive. There is no way around discussing how costly these injuries will be for victims and their families, particularly when trying to determine whether or not you will receive compensation through a personal injury lawsuit or insurance settlement. At Price, Petho & Associates, our Charlotte catastrophic injury attorneys want to discuss the true costs of a spinal cord injury and the types of compensation we will seek if another person caused the incident.
Spinal Cord Injuries Are Often Disabling
When we turn to data available from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), we can see that as many as 363,000 people in the United States are living with a spinal cord injury. Around 18,000 new spinal cord injury cases occur each year in this country. These incidents occur in a variety of ways, including vehicle accidents, falls, violence, sports accidents, medical mistakes, and more. A spinal cord injury can lead to partial or complete paralysis of the entire body or lower body.
The true costs of a spinal cord injury need to be examined through various lenses. First, the medical costs can be extraordinary. According to the NSCISC, the first year of medical care can range anywhere from $368,000 to more than $1.1 million, depending on the severity of the injury.
Data shows that every subsequent year after the first also leads to tremendous medical expenses for victims and their families. Each subsequent year until death can lead to medical costs ranging from $44,000 to $200,000.
However, these doctor and hospital costs are only a partial picture of the overall costs victims and their families endure. Other costs to consider include the following:
- The cost to modify homes or vehicles to aid in mobility
- The costs of traveling to and from spinal cord injury doctors and specialists
- Lost income if a victim cannot work or has to work a lower-paying job due to a disability
- Lost income of a family member who has to become a caregiver
Aside from these monetary expenses, we also need to point out that spinal cord injury victims and their family members are likely to endure significant psychological and emotional harm as a result of the injury and the effect that the injury has on their daily lives.
Call Our Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyers For A Free Consultation Of Your Case
If you or somebody you care about has sustained a spinal cord injury caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person, contact the team at Price, Petho & Associates for help today. Our qualified and experienced attorneys will conduct a complete investigation into your case so we can secure the following compensation:
- Full coverage of medical bills related to the spinal cord injury
- Any necessary physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Compensation for medical devices
- The costs of home or vehicle modifications to aid mobility
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party