The long-term costs of a spinal cord injury will vary, depending on the severity of your injury, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the cost is up to $30,000 per year. To protect your financial future, you should file a claim for personal injury compensation if your injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, whether it involved a car crash or a slip and fall accident. An auto accident lawyer in Denver who has experience handling spinal cord injury claims can provide guidance.
A CLOSE LOOK AT A SPINAL CORD INJURY
An injury to the spinal cord appears when a disturbance causes harm to the spinal column, which comprises 31 vertebrae (bones):
- 7 neck vertebrae;
- 12 upper and middle back vertebrae;
- 5 lower back vertebrae;
- 5 sacrum vertebrae; and
- 2 fused coccyx vertebrae.
Within the spinal column is a bundle of nerves, the spinal cord, which extends from the brain and transmits signals to other body parts. When the spinal column is damaged, the spinal cord could be affected, and the result may be temporary or permanent loss of function or sensations, depending on where the damage has occurred.
Any body system that falls under control of the affected nerves could be impaired, including the:
- musculoskeletal system (causing complete or incomplete paralysis in the legs, arms or both);
- respiratory system (interfering with the ability to breathe on your own);
- urinary system (causing loss of control of bladder functions); and
- gastrointestinal system (a feeding tube may be required).
Other problems associated with this type of injury are depression and anxiety, for which personal injury compensation may be available. While the CDC estimates medical costs at $15,000 to $30,000 a year, the agency estimates the lifetime cost at $500,000 to more than $3 million.
According to other estimates, the costs during the first year could range from about $320,000 to nearly $1 million, and expenses for subsequent years could range from nearly $40,000 to about $170,000.
PERSONAL INJURY COMPENSATION FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY CLAIMS
It’s important that you consult with an auto accident lawyer in Denver to protect yourself financially, considering spinal cord injury claims can be difficult to pursue, and you don’t want to take any chances at this vulnerable time in your life. With good legal counsel, you may be able to obtain damages for:
- current and future medical expenses;
- pain and suffering;
- lost wages and earning potential;
- home and software adaptations;
- mobility devices; and
When you meet with your attorney for your first consultation, ask him or her the estimate value of your case and what documents you need in order to prove your expenses or lost income.
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