All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.
What is the value of a spinal cord injury or paralysis case?
Spinal cord injuries can be financially catastrophic.
Your exact costs will depend greatly on the extent of your injury, but some expenses often associated with a spinal cord injury include, among others:
- Medical bills
- Surgical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Caregiver expenses
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future wages or permanent disability
- Wheelchair and medical equipment expenses
- These expenses can quickly amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. In fact, the Christopher & Dana Reeve
- Foundation, which estimates the costs of spinal cord injuries, states that partial paralysis injuries will cost $347,484 in
- the first year and $42,206 each subsequent year. Total paralysis expenses can run much higher, with paraplegia costs
- estimated at around $518,904 the first year and $68,000 each succeeding year.
The average American family can simply not afford these costs, many of which will not be covered by health insurance. To afford the highest quality of medical care and the adaptive necessities that someone with a spinal cord injury requires, some spinal cord injury accident victims will seek to file a personal injury action against the individual(s) or company(s) responsible for their injuries.