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How costly is a spinal cord injury?

On Behalf of | May 22, 2023 | Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

An injury to your spinal cord is likely one of the most impactful kinds of injuries you can sustain. It is the protective structure around a network of nerves that spreads down from your brain and out through your body.

Damaging your spinal cord risks damaging nerves. Damaging your nerves risks partial to total loss of motor function and sensation. Healing after an SCI involves heavy surgery, long rehabilitation and frequently does not involve a 100% recovery. Each of these costs both in healthcare bills and loss of productivity. Knowing the average yearly expenses may help you understand what hurdles lie ahead of you and what you may seek for compensation with a damages case.

Costs as related to an SCI’s severity

An SCI’s costs vary wildly based on a number of factors. An incomplete SCI may result in serious but not total loss of feeling or movement. Though depending on the location, it may still be more costly than a complete SCI that happened further down the spinal cord and affected less of your nerves.

For example, paraplegia is the partial or total paralysis of your lower half and the first year of recovery may cost an average over $560,000. Tetraplegia along the highest points of your spinal cord could cost over $1 million in the first year. Lifetime costs may exceed $2 million.

Compensation in relation to your situation

There are resources available to anyone investigating their unique SCI injury. When pursuing compensation after a serious motor vehicle accident in Maryland, it helps to know as much as you can to make the case for the fairest amount.

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