Of all the injuries that a person can suffer, perhaps the most debilitating and life-altering is that of paralysis. The loss of feeling and control of one’s limbs presents sufferers with a great number of challenges, in addition to being incredibly expensive over the course of a lifetime of care.
At Guajardo & Marks, we know that there is no dollar amount that can take away a person’s suffering. However, we have also seen firsthand just how quickly things can get out of hand when a person’s financial resources are drained by steep medical bills. If a person’s injuries were caused by somebody else’s negligence, the victim should never have to shoulder the full costs of their injuries. This is where our Dallas paralysis attorneys can help victims in their struggles.
Paralysis can be caused by many different types of accidents or injuries, ranging from back injuries on the job to injuries suffered in vehicle accidents. Let’s take a look at just a few of the common causes of paralysis.
Common Causes of Paralysis
Most forms of paralysis are caused by severe damage to the spinal cord. The area of the body that becomes paralyzed typically correlates to the location of the spinal cord damage. It is often the case that the area below the location of the spinal cord injury loses all physical sensations and movement. In other cases, the movement or sensation is limited, though not totally impaired. Spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis are often caused by:
- Vehicle accidents
- Falls (especially from high places, such as scaffolding or ladders found on construction sites)
- Impact from collision with people (sporting accidents) or with objects (like heavy machinery or vehicles)
- Acts of violence
As you can see from the list above, anyone — from motorists to construction workers — could suffer a paralyzing injury. Tragically, these accidents are more likely to happen to younger people, often in their teens or twenties, according to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Costs of Living with Paralysis
The initial costs of treatment, surgery and other medical treatment after suffering a paralyzing injury are extremely high, and the costs only increase as a spinal cord injury victim ages. To make matters worse, people with serious spinal cord injuries are sometimes unable to afford insurance to cover the true costs of care.
That is why it is important to speak to a personal injury attorney who is experienced in spinal cord injuries as soon as possible after your medical condition has stabilized.
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One of the most devastating personal injuries one can suffer is paralysis. The loss of control and feeling in your limbs will change your life forever, and the costs of getting the medical care you need can be overwhelming, running even into the millions of dollars over time.
No matter what type of paralysis injury you suffered in your accident, the costs associated with your care will be high. However, costs vary largely depending upon the type and severity of paralysis.
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If the accident was caused by another person’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation that can provide you with the medical care that you will need for years to come.
When a person is paralyzed due to spinal cord damage, they often face:
- Initial Cost of Treatment, including spinal surgery and trauma care, such as the use of a ventilator
- Rehabilitation, such as physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy and mental health care
- Medications, including antibiotics and painkillers
- Ongoing Medical Care
- Costs of Equipment or Home Modifications used for medical care
- Loss of Income
- Loss of Work Capacity
- Strained Relationships
Below are the average annual costs that are associated with various types of paralysis, including health care costs and living expenses, as well as the lifetime costs that are related to a spinal cord injury. It is important to note, however, that these costs do not include lost wages, benefits and productivity:
- High tetraplegia (injury to the C1-C4 vertebrae): First year cost of $1,064,000; each year after, $184,891
- Low tetraplegia (injury to the C5-C8 vertebrae): First year cost of $769,350; each year after, $113,400
- Paraplegia: First year cost of $518,904; each year after, $42,200
Estimated lifetime costs for various types of spinal cord injury are:
- High tetraplegia: $4,724,181 from age 25
- Low tetraplegia: $3,451,781 from age 25
- Paraplegia: $2,310,000 from age 25
- Incomplete motor function: $1,578,274 from age 25
Unfortunately, the costs outlined above are often merely the beginning. Many accident victims with spinal cord injuries must travel to another city or town to receive their treatments. Others may need the help of loved ones who travel to injured and stay at hotels to help give care. These expenses can add up to thousands of dollars extra per year. Also, note that a year after a spinal cord injury, only about 11% of those injured are able to work.
Clearly, the costs of a spinal cord injury are very high, and you should definitely pursue legal action if the injury was due to another person’s negligence.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a paralyzing injury due to the negligence of another driver or an injury on the job, the Dallas paralysis attorneys at Guajardo & Marks can help. We will investigate your case to determine who was at fault for your injuries and provide you with aggressive legal representation to help pay for the damages you have suffered. Contact our legal team today for a free consultation of your case. We earn no fee unless we win.