There are many ways someone could suffer from a spinal cord injury, almost 40% of them are caused by automobile accidents. A spinal cord injury can truly be catastrophic, whether it is from a slip and fall or tripping which counts for over 30% of the injuries to in car accidents. The one common factor is they often happen because of another person’s carelessness, unsafe conditions at the workplace. The injuries that are a result of an assault make up approximately 15% of spinal cord injuries, and complications from medical procedures that also include malpractice that makes up approximately 5% of all spinal cord injuries.
The High Cost of Spinal Cord Injuries
Victims of spinal cord injuries that suffer from limited mobility at or below their necks is about 45%, and over 20% will have difficulties moving below the waist, and sadly, over 33% will have complete paralysis of the legs and/or limbs. There is only a small percentage that have spinal cord injuries and doesn’t suffer any permanent or long-term damage.
When it comes to the cost of a spinal cord injury a lot has to do with the age of the individual that is injured and the severity of the injury. Spinal cord injuries even in the less severe type could still cost and victims in their 50’s well over a million dollars in medical bills and rehabilitation care during their life.
If a victim is completely paralyzed from the neck down, the cost could be well over $4.2 million for a young 25-year-old where someone in their 50’s could cost close to $2.6 million. The costs mentioned don’t include lost income.
If you or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of someone else you may have legal options. At McMahon Kublick, PC we understand how life-altering a spinal cord injury can be. We can help you get the compensation you need to cover medical costs and help improve your quality of life.