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What is the cost of treating a spinal cord injury?

Suffering any type of injury can affect your life in more ways than one. Yet, there is a spectrum of severity on which these injuries fall. Some car accident victims, for example, are fortunate enough to escape with nothing more than a minor cut or some bruising. On the other end of the spectrum, though, are victims who are left with serious injuries such as brain trauma and spinal cord injuries. For these individuals, their life post-injury can be defined by physical pain and limitations, emotional hardship, and financial loss.

To see just how damaging one of these injuries can be, the financial costs of spinal cord injuries can be used as an example. The exact financial damage is dependent upon the specific facts of one's situation, but estimates show that treating for these injuries can be financially devastating. Those who suffer from a spinal cord injury that leaves them with any type of incomplete motor function, for example, may wind up paying nearly $350,000 for their first year's medical expenses, with an additional $40,000 per year in costs after that. This can account for lifetime expenses in excess of $1 million.

But that's not even for the worst spinal cord injuries. Those who suffer from high tetraplegia can be left facing more than $1 million in medical and rehabilitation costs in their first year alone. Each additional year could cost them nearly $185,000. Over the span of a lifetime, a 25-year old with this injury could face nearly $4.75 million is injury-related costs.

As you can see from these figures, suffering serious harm, like a spinal cord injury, can leave you facing a dire financial situation which, in turn, can cause more emotional turmoil and fear for what your future holds. This is why it might be beneficial for those who have been injured by the negligence of another to consider contacting a personal injury attorney to determine how best to proceed in an attempt to recover compensation for their damages.

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