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  • The Costs of Living with Spinal Cord Injury

    Posted By CSCS || 23-Aug-2013

    Authored by Joseph Cammarata

    Catastrophic injuries are among the most devastating and expensive injuries; they are also some of the most unpredictable. Although serious injuries can vary greatly and while they are always unique, victims and families often face the same types of challenges – especially when it comes to their financial well-being. As healthcare costs can be overwhelming and because catastrophic injuries demand serious medical attention and long-term care, victims often find that medical bills are one of the most difficult consequences of living with serious injury.

    To help victims and families better understand financial obstacles they may face after an accident, numerous organizations have compiled statistics about the costs of living with serious injuries. Data from the Christopher & Diana Reeve Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that costs of living with spinal cord injury can be extreme, including injuries such as:

    • · Paralysis injuries
    • · Paraplegia & quadriplegia
    • · Spinal cord injury caused by trauma and illness

    Aside from statistics reporting long periods of emergency room stays, hospitalization, and rehabilitation, these organizations also project the costs of average medical expenses. Average expenses for the first year after a spinal cord injury are as follows (figures are from 2011):

    • · High Quadriplegia (C1 – C4) - $1,023,924
    • · Low Quadriplegia (C5 – C8) - $739,874
    • · Paraplegia - $499,023
    • · Incomplete motor function - $334,170

    Medical expenses for the first year are significantly higher, due to the costs of emergency care and initial treatments such as surgery. Costs for subsequent years, however, are still very costly:

    • · High Quadriplegia (C1 – C4) - $171,808
    • · Low Quadriplegia (C5 – C8) - $109,077
    • · Paraplegia - $66,106
    • · Incomplete motor function - $40,589

    Researchers at the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) also project the estimated lifetime costs of living with a spinal cord injury.

    For a person injury at age 25:

    • · High Quadriplegia (C1 – C4) - $4,531,182
    • · Low Quadriplegia (C5 – C8) - $3,319,533
    • · Paraplegia - $2,221,596
    • · Incomplete motor function - $1,517,806

    For a person injured at age 50:

    • · High Quadriplegia (C1 – C4) - $2,496,856
    • · Low Quadriplegia (C5 – C8) - $2,041,809
    • · Paraplegia - $1,457,967
    • · Incomplete motor function - $1,071,309

    Northern Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys Who Fight for Full & Fair Compensation

    Although these figures may be average costs, they help illustrate that serious spinal cord injuries can be incredibly costly. As victims and families have many needs to meet as they navigate their road to recovery, working with skilled Northern Virginia injury attorneys capable of securing full compensation is of the utmost importance.

    At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we help seriously injured victims and their loved ones recover the compensation they need and deserve. Our Northern Virginia catastrophic injury lawyers also work personally with clients throughout the region, including Alexandria, Fairfax, and Arlington County.

    If you or someone you know has suffered a serious injury in an accident caused by another – including any type of spinal cord injury – please contact our firm or request a free case evaluation to learn more about the ways in which we can help.

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