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Adding to these costs are the losses in wages, fringe benefits, and productivity that typically accompany paralysis. In fact, the indirect costs of paralysis often exceed the direct costs.
The second-leading cause of paralysis is spinal cord injury (SCI). SCI has many causes, but most of them are preventable. Nearly 80 percent of spinal cord injuries result from some type of accident. A well-known example is provided by Christopher Reeve, who fractured his vertebrae in a horseback riding accident. Sports, however, are responsible for considerably fewer SCIs than car crashes and workplace accidents.
The high costs of living with paralysis make it crucial to recover maximum compensation in cases where someone else was to blame for a spinal cord injury.
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Causes and Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
- Workplace accident (28 percent).
- Motor vehicle accident (24 percent).
- Sporting or recreation accident (16 percent).
- Fall (9 percent).
- Victim of violence (4 percent).
The spine is grouped into four areas: the cervical (upper), thoracic (central), lumbar and sacral (lower). The severity of SCI is determined by the area of the spinal cord that’s damaged.
- Quadriplegia (tetraplegia) results from a spinal cord injury above the first thoracic vertebrae. Someone with quadriplegia is paralyzed in all four limbs and also has reduced function in the abdominal and chest muscles.
- Paraplegia is a spinal cord injury that occurs below the first thoracic spinal nerve. Paraplegics have full use of their arms and hands, but they are completely or partially paralyzed from the legs up to the nipple line.
- Cauda equina syndrome occurs when the cauda equina – a mass of nerves between the first and second lumbar – is injured. The injury may cause partial or complete loss of movement and sensation.
Costs of Spinal Cord Injuries
- Incomplete motor function – $1.5 million or more.
- Paraplegia – $2.2 million or more.
- Tetraplegia – $3.3 million-$4.5 million or more.
The younger the injury victim, the higher his or her lifetime costs will be in most cases. For example, someone who becomes a paraplegic or quadriplegic at age 50 may incur lifetime costs of $1.45 million-$2.5 million or more.
These costs are for average yearly healthcare and living expenses, which cover things like:
- Initial hospitalization.
- Stay in rehabilitation unit.
- Home and vehicle modifications.
- Ongoing medical care.
- Medications and supplies.
- Personal assistance.
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Indirect Costs of Paralysis
These figures don’t include other losses, such as pain and suffering, diminished enjoyment of life, loss of consortium and other non-economic damages. These losses are often substantial in terms of dollar amounts.
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Few injuries disrupt a person’s life as completely as a spinal cord injury. It can make an independent person dependent on others for basic daily needs and impose costs that exceed $250,000 per year, to say nothing of a victim’s mental suffering, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life.
If your spinal cord injury was caused by somebody else’s carelessness or recklessness, a personal injury lawsuit may provide much-needed compensation. Due to lawsuit filing deadlines and other considerations, it’s important to take legal action as soon as possible.
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