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What are the costs of spinal cord injuries?

For victims and families of spinal cord injuries, facing potentially innumerable changes to their lives, the costs of spinal cord injuries may worry them and they may wonder what they are. The costs of a spinal cord injury depends on the nature of the injury and the age of the victim. There are several categories of spinal cord injuries that make up the majority of spinal cord injuries.

Less than one percent of victims experience complete neurological recovery by the time they leave the hospital so concerns such as disability, long-term care and the life-long impact of a spinal cord injury are legitimate concerns for victims. The overall costs of a spinal cord injury vary based on the level of neurological impairment, the victim's education level and employment prior to the injury.

For the first year, treatment costs range from nearly $350,000 to over $1 million, depending on the nature and severity of the spinal cord injury the victim has suffered. Estimated costs for each subsequent year range from $42,000 to $186,000 per year. Estimated lifetime costs for a 25-year old who suffers a spinal cord injury range from over $1.5 million to nearly $5 million depending on the nature and severity of the injury. For a 50-year old who suffers a spinal cord injury, the estimated costs range from just over $1 million to just over $2.5 million for lifetime treatment costs.

Victims of spinal cord injuries and their families face a long and difficult road ahead that may be filled with medical expenses, an inability to work and the accompanying emotional challenges. As a result, personal injury legal options are available to step in when the victim suffered the injury because of the negligence of another party and is a process victims of spinal cord injuries and their families should be familiar with.

Source: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, "Costs of living with SCI," Accessed Oct. 9, 2017

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