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.
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.
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.
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.