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The Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury

March 11, 2016

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious injuries you can sustain in an accident. The spine is comprised of the vertebral column, which houses 33 vertebrae, several ligaments, and the spinal cord. If the spinal cord is damaged, injured accident victims can experience an array of severe symptoms, including varying degrees of paralysis. The costs of a spinal cord injury are numerous and substantial. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have found spinal cord injuries can have considerable financial, emotional, and mental costs.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our personal injury attorneys understand the horrific consequences of a spinal cord injury. We fight to see that spinal cord injury victims receive the compensation they deserve from the negligent party responsible for their injuries. In this blog article, we will examine some of the costs of a spinal cord injury below.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are numerous potential causes of spinal cord injuries. The first and primary cause of these devastating injuries is car accidents. Car accidents involve considerable speeds and excessive force. Trauma of a car accident can damage or severe the spinal cord. Falls are another common cause of spinal cord injuries. Workplace falls can inflict devastating spinal cord injuries, including quadriplegia or paraplegia.

The Financial Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries come with considerable financial cost. These costs include, among others:

  • Emergency room expenses
  • Hospitalization costs
  • Surgery
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Medical equipment, including customized wheelchairs
  • Caregiver or nurse expenses
  • Loss of the ability to work
  • Loss of work related benefits

These costs can rapidly add up and can continue to build over a person's lifetime. Spinal cord injuries that include paralysis may involve hundreds of thousands of dollars in basic care per year. These injuries are permanent, so lifetime costs will climb potentially into millions of dollars. In addition to just medical expenses, spinal cord injury suffers who are extensively paralyzed will likely be unable to return to their previous position and could struggle to find a job in their field of training.

The Emotional and Mental Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury

In addition to the extreme financial costs, spinal cord injuries can result in considerable mental and emotional turmoil. Spinal cord injury victims will likely be in pain and may suddenly find themselves unable to perform tasks they previously could. They may experience depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, helplessness, and more. Anyone injured in a spinal cord accident will need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for the recovery of their financial, emotional, and mental damages.

Contact Montlick and Associates and Put Our Law Firm's Over 37 Years of Legal Experience to Work For You!

If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury, you will need experienced representation to protect your interests. The Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, help accident victims and their families in Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 37 years of experience that we will bring to your case and our attorneys provide a wealth of knowledge and dedication to enhance your ability to obtain a full monetary recovery. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of reaching the best possible outcome. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Category: Personal Injury

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. 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.