Car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries for victims unexpectedly harmed in them. From 2010 to 2015, 38 percent of spinal cord injuries in the United States were caused by car accidents. As of 2015, it is estimated that 12,500 new spinal cord injuries occur each year. Overall, it is estimated that between 240,000 and 337,000 victims are living with spinal cord injuries in the U.S. Among victims of spinal cord injuries, 89 percent of victims are discharged to private homes and 4.3 percent are discharged to nursing homes. Regardless of the circumstances, caring for spinal cord injuries can be costly both financially and emotionally for families.
In terms of financial costs, just how costly can spinal cord injuries be? The initial cost of hospitalization following a spinal cord injury is $140,000. The average cost of spinal cord injuries for the first year is $198,000. On average, the lifetime cost of treatment for a paraplegic injured at 25 is $428,000. On average, the lifetime cost of treatment for a quadriplegic injured at 25 is $1.35 million. The costs associated with spinal cord injuries can place tremendous stress on victims and their families.
Because of the significant financial and emotional costs of a spinal cord injury, and for car accident victims in general, legal remedies are available to help them recover damages for the injuries and harm they have suffered. Depending on the circumstances, victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses and future medical care costs based on the debilitating nature of their injuries and need for ongoing care. In addition, victims may be able to recover damages for lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages.
Compensation of damages is designed to help victims with the immediate physical, financial and emotional challenges they are facing following an accident and to focus on recovery and the recovery process. When car accident victims have been harmed by a negligent driver, it is important for them to be familiar with as many resources available to help them as possible.
Source: www.sci-info-pages,” Spinal Cord Injury Facts & Statistics,” Accessed May 30, 2016