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.
Contact Our Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyers
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.