If you suffer a serious spinal cord injury you have a long road of recovery and rehabilitation ahead of you. Depending on the severity, you may have a lifetime of getting used to a new normal. Many aspects of recovery include surgery, physical therapy and accessibility tools — all of which cost you financially.
Knowing how much your SCI may cost you may help you understand your goals when pursuing a damages case.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, vehicular crashes and falls make up the majority of SCI causes. Many see hospital stays of 11 days with rehabilitation up to 31 days.
A big factor in how much an SCI may cost you is its severity. The first year, with surgery and recovery, is often the most expensive year. The average expenses range from $375,000 for motor function loss to as high as $1.14 million for high tetraplegia.
There are the costs of a hospital bill and then the costs connected to a loss of productivity. Many paralysis victims find it harder or even impossible to continue working in their former profession.
It is also often the case that a disability like partial or full paralysis also impacts you from a social and mental aspect.
If your SCI results from negligence, whether that is an errant driver, a poorly managed walkway or medical malpractice, there are options available. These options may help you organize your resources and pursue a case to help cover the financial costs of recovering from an SCI.