Long-Term Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury

Posted By Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC || 29-Oct-2015

When an individual suffers a spinal cord injury, it can be a traumatic experience. While the initial impact can be daunting enough, it is often the long-term effects that can impact the family the most. This isn’t just the physical damage, either; it is also the financial and emotional hardships that you and your family deal with after the injury. If you or someone you love suffers from a spinal cord injury, it is important to understand the long-term costs and damages.

Financial Costs

Financially, a spinal cord injury can be very expensive. From the hospital bills and ongoing surgery to modifications for your home and vehicle, the costs are seemingly endless. The numbers in 2011 determined that life-time costs of a spinal cord injury can be in the millions of dollars. Of course this number can fluctuate based on the age at which the injury occurred. These costs are mostly due to first year expenses, but each subsequent year still costs tens of thousands of dollars.

Emotional Impact

While the financial costs are already enough to make an impact on the victim’s life, the emotional toll that it could have on the victim and his or her family is another obstacle. It is important for the family to try and remain strong together to provide emotional support to one another. This is a life-changing occurrence that will be met with various emotions and having the strong support system around can help this transition.

Physical Damage

A spinal cord injury can be classified by severity. This can include incomplete motor function, paraplegia, low tetraplegia (C5-C8), or high tetraplegia (C1-C4). All of these can impact the way the victim lives his or her life after an accident. It is important to understand bodily limits and the various options that may be available for rehabilitation or physical therapy if the injury is not as severe.

Hiring legal counsel to file a personal injury claim may help to deal with these long-term costs if the injury was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another individual. Speak with an Oregon personal injury lawyer on our team at Paulson Coletti to understand your legal options.