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The Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury

Imagine you’re working on a construction site, when, suddenly, the scaffolding you’re standing on collapses. You fall and hit the ground, hard. You wake up in the hospital. The doctor tells you that you have suffered a spinal cord injury during your construction injury accident. You don’t feel your legs.

Currently, 250,000 Americans have spinal cord injuries, and this number grows every year. The most common reasons for spinal injuries? Vehicular and falls like the one described above.1 People sustaining such injuries may have done so through no fault of their own! The consequence: a potentially shorter life span and millions spent on treatments.

How does a spinal injury affect your life?

Spinal injuries can affect many aspects of your life. Hobbies you once loved may be impossible to participate in. Everyday routines are forever disrupted. Changes need to be made to accommodate your injury. Little things like making coffee or running errands are more difficult to do or, in more severe cases, impossible. A spinal injury can also have lasting impacts on your life expectancy!

The University of Alabama released a study showing how much one’s life expectancy can drop because of a spinal cord injury. Their research revealed a correlation between the severity of a spinal cord injury and a person’s life expectancy. As you can see from the chart, the group who experienced “motor functional at any level AI5 D) were least affected. Their average life span dropped by 5.2 years. Requiring a ventilator dropped a person’s life expectancy, on average, by a striking 33.7 years!

Life expectancies drop for different reasons. Newsmax Health list the following as reasons contributing to lower life-expectancies of quadriplegics:2

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Impaired digestion
  • Depression
  • Loss of motor and sensory control

But with the right help and treatments, you can live well beyond the average. Unfortunately, maintaining such treatments are costly, averaging somewhere in the millions.

How does a spinal injury affect your finances?

Without the proper care, living with a severe and life-altering spinal injury is not only difficult, but costly in terms of your life and finances. As you saw from the previous section, a spinal injury can lower your life expectancy. The best way to combat this is to obtain the necessary care, but it’s going to cost a lot of money. The University of Alabama has released a report showing how much of a drain a spinal injury can be on individuals and families. For example, those who suffered impairments to their motor functions at any level can expect to spend the least amount, which is still well over a million dollars.

For more severe injuries causing a person to become paraplegic or tetraplegic, costs rise substantially because treatments and continuous care are expensive. The younger you are at the time of your injury, the more you will be expected to pay throughout your life. Take, for instance, a 25-year-old who is a high tetraplegic. On average, their lifetime costs for treatments and maintaining care for their condition amounts to 4,789,384 dollars. Spending the required amount of money necessary for your condition is expensive and could easily cause someone to fall into debt. You can fight this! Seek a personal injury lawyer who will recover the compensation you deserve.

What can you do?

When you have suffered from a spinal cord injury, due to no fault of your own, you deserve compensation. Not only has your injury impacted your life, but, potentially, how long your life could be. Why should you have to pay what may be well over a million dollars when it wasn’t your fault? Already, you’re suffering the consequences because of a companies’, doctor’s, or driver’s reckless/negligent actions. You shouldn’t also fall into debt for their actions, too. You have the right to go after the ones responsible by filing a claim against them. When you do, you can look for compensation covering the costs of your injuries, future costs of your injuries, and pain and suffering. A lawyer can provide additional details as to how you can be compensated. Wilshire Law Firm’s personal injury lawyers want to fight for you! Call for a free consultation today at 1-800-522-7274.

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Sources:
Sci-Info-Pages, “Spinal Cord Injury Facts & Statistics,” https://www.sci-info-pages.com/facts.html
Newsmax Health, “Quadriplegics: Do They Have A Normal Life Span,” https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-wire/quadriplegics-life-span-life-expectancy-injury/2014/03/30/id/562522/

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