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How Much Does a Spinal Cord Injury Really Cost?

The cost of a spinal cord injury depends largely on many factors: the location of your injury, the severity of your injury, your age, and the prognosis for recovery. The younger you are when you sustain your spinal cord injury, the more money you will need throughout your life to pay for treatment, medications, disability equipment, and long-term care. Likewise, the severity of your injury is equally important. Victims who sustain a high cervical spinal cord injury will typically require more specialized treatment, and consequently more compensation than someone with a lower or a partial spinal cord injury.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high tetraplegia cases will require at least $1 million in specialized care during their first year alone. For their lifetime, they will require at least $4 million just in medical expenses. This number fails to take into consideration lost wages, pain and suffering, and other types of living expense accommodations.

If your injury resulted in incomplete motor function in the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral region of the spinal cord, then you may need at least $2 million just in medical expenses.

In addition to medical expenses and lost wages, injured spinal cord victims may need money to pay for adaptations to their home, such as bath lifts, ramps, etc. They may also need private heath insurance to cover their new disability, money to cover travel expenses for doctor visits and specialist trips, reimbursement for rehabilitation and therapy costs throughout their lives, and eventually money for nursing home or in-patient home care.

If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury, it is important to realize the full financial impact of such a catastrophic injury. Insurance companies are well aware of how much compensation you may need, and they work diligently to ensure that you never receive that amount. Their first and only concern is their bottom line and without legal representation from the start, they often try to low-ball spinal cord accident victims.

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For decades, the personal injury attorneys at Kelley/Uustal have been successfully fighting for the rights of injured accident victims in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, and throughout Broward County. To learn more about your legal options, call our Fort Lauderdale injury attorneys at (954) 715-4511 for a free consultation.

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