You never want to think about yourself or a loved one getting injured, but we know that injuries do happen. What we never expect to need is a spinal cord injury attorney. If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another person, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we are here to ensure that you get the compensation you need for all of your injury-related expenses.
Spinal Cord Injuries Can Be Devastating
Many people do not know much about spinal cord injuries. When they hear the term, they probably think only of paralysis. However, today we want to turn to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center for some information about the levels of injury a person can sustain as well as how much it costs to treat these injuries.
First, how do these injuries happen? They are primarily caused by:
- Vehicle accidents (38.3%)
- falls (31.6%)
- violence (13.8%)
- sports and recreation incidents (8.2%)
- medical or surgical mistakes (4.6%)
- other (3.5%)
In the United States, there are around 288,000 people living with these injuries with a rate of about 17,700 new cases a year.
Many people do not know that there are varying levels of spinal cord injuries. All us to briefly review these levels:
- partial quadriplegia (partial paralysis of all limbs)
- partial paraplegia (partial paralysis of lower limbs)
- complete paraplegia (complete loss of function for lower limbs)
- complete quadriplegia (complete loss of function for all limbs)
The cost of treating these injuries also varies depending on the level. In general, the first-year medical costs can range from around $359,000 to over $1.1 million. Each following year of care ranges from $43,000 to $191,000.
However, regular medical costs are not the only thing to consider. There are other hidden costs associated with spinal cord injuries. These can include:
- any necessary home or vehicle accommodations
- medical equipment
- travel to and from spinal cord specialists
- loss of income of the victim
- loss of companionship/consortium
- pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life
- emotional and psychological damages
Spinal cord injury victims are also much more likely to need hospitalization due to other illnesses during their lifetimes and typically have a lower life expectancy.
After A Injury Like This
Most people never understand how devastating a spinal cord injury can be until they sustain one themselves or a loved one does. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve if your injury was caused by the negligence of another person.
We will work diligently to secure coverage for:
- Your initial medical expenses
- Any future medical costs related to the incident
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the people responsible