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What is the Cost of Suffering Paralysis?

What is the Cost of Suffering Paralysis?

You may recognize spinal cord injuries as some of the most severe you can experience. Unfortunately, these injuries are often the result of someone else’s negligent actions. You must endure the financial struggles that come with significant conditions involving spinal cord damage.

You should recognize the lifelong costs associated with having paralysis. When you have paralysis, you require significant medical care, specialized equipment, therapy, and more. Over time, these expenses can add up quickly, and it’s easy to feel like you don’t have a way to overcome the losses. We’ll be here to help.

Average Yearly Expenses

Year-over-year, you can expect to spend a significant amount on your care. The estimates put together by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center due not factor in lost wages and other benefits. Instead, they consider the costs of living and health care expenses.

  • For a high cervical spinal cord injury between the C1 and C4 vertebrae, you may spend over $1 million in the first year alone. Each subsequent year costs upwards of $180,000.
  • For a low cervical spinal cord injury between the C5 and C8 vertebrae, first-year costs exceed $760,000, and each year after that is more than $113,000.
  • For paraplegia, the first year can cost more than $518,000, while each subsequent year costs over $68,000.
  • For an injury involving incomplete motor function of any level, you may spend more than $347,000 in the first year, and over $42,000 each subsequent year.

Overall Lifetime Expenses

Over your lifetime, your total costs will depend on the age at which your injury occurred. For instance, if you suffer a high cervical spinal cord injury (quadriplegia impacting functionality in all four of your limbs) at 25 years of age, your lifetime costs can exceed $5 million.

If you’re older when the injury occurs, your lifetime costs can be less than $3 million. These estimates are for the most severe type of paralysis. For an injury involving incomplete motor function of any level, if you suffer the injury at 25, the lifetime costs exceed $1.5 million. If you suffer the injury at 50, the lifetime costs exceed $1.1 million.

It’s easy to see why you would need compensation if your spinal cord injury results from someone else’s negligence. At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, it is our priority to help you get the outcome you deserve. Our Sacramento spine injury attorneys are here to help you every step of the way.

Call our firm at (916) 520-6639 today to discuss your potential case.

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