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A spinal cord injury could cost $1 million in the first year alone

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2024 | Personal Injuries

A spinal cord injury is one of the most serious injuries a person can suffer. It can change their life forever, limiting their mobility and sensations. 

In some cases, recovery is possible. But this doesn’t necessarily mean a complete recovery, and some people will not see very much recovery at all. It depends on the severity of the injury, the location, the medical care they get and many other factors. Every situation is unique.

How much will it cost?

Naturally, those in this position are often wondering about what it’s going to cost. It can be a very expensive injury. For example, someone could have a high tetraplegia. This is an injury to the spinal cord between the C1 and the C4 vertebrae. Because of this location along the spinal cord, it can significantly impact how much movement the person retains.

According to some estimates, this injury could cost over $1 million in the first year. Every year after that could cost just under $200,000 more. Some estimate that the lifetime costs for a person who is 25 years old are around $4,724,000. If the person was 50 years old at the time of their injury, the lifetime costs are estimated to be $2,596,000. Naturally, these costs could be even higher if the person is under 25 years old, such as a teenager who suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident.

What options do you have?

If you’re facing an uncertain future due to a spinal cord injury, it’s important to keep the nature of the injury and the potential costs in mind. You also need to know about all of the legal options that you have at this time.

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