Covering the high costs of a spinal cord injury is an impossibility for most families. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation states that high tetraplegia costs at least $1 million in the first year, with victims paying an average of $171,000 per year after that. The Foundation also states that a typical 25-year-old spinal cord injury survivor can incur at least $2 million to $4.5 million in expenses for their care over their remaining lifetime.
If you were injured in an accident due to the careless actions of another party, you could be entitled to spinal cord injury compensation, but how much?
Spinal Cord Injury Compensation for Claims
Before understanding what you can get for spinal cord injury compensation for claims, it is important to understand all of the costs involved:
- Hospitalization, medical consultations, surgery, prescription drugs, medical devices and physical therapy. This is just a fraction of the total expenditures you could face with a spinal cord injury.
- Caregiving expenses: If a member of the family cares for the survivor, that member is going to experience loss of income. But if the family hires a professional, you can expect to pay from $15 to $25 per hour of care, day and night.
- Unexpected medical costs: Lodging, transportation, meals when loved ones or the injury survivor needs to travel to and from his medical care and appointments.
- Long term medical expenses: Spinal cord injury patients are vulnerable to many serious medical problems over time, such as bed sores, bladder infections and other serious infections that can cost thousands of dollars to treat.
- Alternative medical costs: Some survivors choose alternative treatments, including acupuncture, chiropractic care and massage.
Potential Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
It is always difficult to give a precise number for a spinal injury case without knowing the particulars. But personal injury attorneys have access to spinal injury settlements and verdicts that could resemble yours in your area, giving you some idea of what you could expect.
Some recent examples include:
- A verdict of $6.5 million was awarded in Virginia. The negligent party was a doctor who engaged in medical malpractice because he did not diagnose the existing spinal cord injury.
- A patron in a bar in Pennsylvania obtained a $5.6 million settlement when a roof collapsed on him.
- A $5 million settlement was awarded to a man in Ohio when he was hit by a car while driving.
- A man in California received a $3 million settlement after a fire hydrant malfunctioned and broke his back.
Do You Have a Spinal Cord Injury? Call Us Today
If you suffered a spinal cord injury that was the fault of another person or entity, you have legal rights. You are likely facing a mountain of medical bills, pain and suffering, inability to work and much more. Please contact Dallas personal injury lawyers Guajardo & Marks for a free legal consultation to determine whether you have a solid case. The consultation is at no charge, so please contact us today.