Various incidents could result in someone suffering a spinal cord injury. Someone may suffer one as a result of becoming a crime victim. They may suffer such an injury after diving into a pool or other shallow body of water or as a result of a slip and fall. Perhaps one of the more common ways that an injury of this magnitude occurs is in an automobile accident.
Most individuals who suffer a spinal cord injury find themselves unable to walk and with long-term functional impairments throughout significant portions of their bodies. As you might imagine, individuals who suffer spinal cord injuries end up requiring regular medical care throughout their lifetime, which can be very costly.
How much does it cost to treat a spinal cord injury?
The combination of hospital and outpatient care that someone with a spinal cord injury ends up needing during their lifetime varies depending on the age of the patient when the incident occurs and the level at which the impact occurred.
These lifetime expenditure amounts are for adults in their 20s. The costs may go up or down for someone younger or older.
- Lower body paralysis or paraplegia: $2 million
- High tetraplegia (or high-level spinal cord damage affecting all limbs): $5 million
- Spinal cord damage that impacts motor functions: $1.5 million
- Low tetraplegia (or low-level spinal cord damage affecting all limbs): $2 million
If your injury was caused by some else’s actions or negligence, you’ll want to recover as much compensation as possible to ensure that you can receive the best possible medical care and can cover other expenses and financial losses.