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The Lifelong Costs of Spinal Cord Injury

by | Oct 30, 2018 | Catastrophic Injuries

When you consider the overall impact of an injury, there are few things more difficult to deal with than a spinal cord injury resulting in serious and long-term damage. These are debilitating injuries that can impact a person’s entire life in a physical, emotional, and financial manner.

Unfortunately, many individuals fail to take legal action after the accident and are left to deal with the costly expenses alone. Having a firm understanding of how much this type of injury can cost over an entire lifetime, however, can change their mind.

This makes taking legal action much more imperative in order to help cover the expenses that may accrue as a result of the injury. Here’s what someone with a spinal cord injury may expect to pay over their life if they suffer from this serious injury.

Broken Down By Injury Type

The four most common forms of spinal cord injuries are typically incomplete and complete tetraplegia, and incomplete and complete paraplegia. Each of these impacts a victim a specific way, but regardless, the lifetime costs are exorbitant.

Breaking down average yearly costs, someone who sustains high tetraplegia may expect to pay upwards of $1,000,000 in the very first year following the injury. Each subsequent year can cost over $184,000. This does not include loss in wages that may be experienced.

For low tetraplegia, the victim may pay over $760,000 in the first year and $110,000 each subsequent year. Paraplegia and incomplete motor function may cost $510,000+ and $345,000+ in the first year respectively, as well as roughly $40,000 – $70,000 the following years depending on the severity.

The lifetime costs for individuals sustaining spinal cord injury at ages 25 or 50 are as follows:

  • High tetraplegia victims may expect to pay $4,000,000+ at age 25 or $2,500,000+ at age 50.
  • Low tetraplegia victims may expect to pay $3,400,000+ at age 25 and $2,100,000+ at age 50.
  • Paraplegia victims may expect to pay $2,300,000+ at age 25 and $1,500,000+ at age 50.
  • Incomplete motor function victims may expect to pay $1,500,000+ at age 25 and $1,100,000+ at age 50.

There are other types of injuries that an individual can sustain to the spinal cord, including nerve damage and more.

At The King Firm, our South Georgia spinal cord injury attorneys understand that this can be a daunting time for you. As such, we want to work with you to help you understand your rights and options, and seek the compensation you need to cover the costs over your lifetime.

Contact us at (229) 515-8585 to discuss your potential case.

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