If you are involved in a car accident, your life may be changed in many ways. One injury that can leave you with long-term pain, changes to your life and financial losses is a spinal cord injury.
Unlike other injuries, spinal cord injury treatment is not a “one-and-done” process. You may need multiple surgeries, ongoing tests and continuous rehabilitation to live with the effects of your injury. Most accident victims who suffer spinal cord injuries have to deal with the costs for the rest of their lives.
The cost of treating spinal cord injuries
Treating a spinal cord injury is not cheap. While your unique situation will determine the specific cost, on average, treatment runs $40,000 annually with a lifetime expense of nearly $5 million.
It is important to note that your age when you are injured will impact your lifetime treatment costs. For example, the lifetime cost for a 20-year-old victim will be significantly higher than for a 60-year-old victim.
Recovering compensation for a spinal cord injury after a motor vehicle accident
As mentioned above, spinal cord injuries can occur in motor vehicle accidents. If you are involved in a crash caused by another driver, you need to take steps to protect your right to recover compensation. As you can see from the information above, the cost of a spinal cord injury can be significant, and without compensation from the at-fault party, it can cause a huge financial hardship for you and your family.
Be sure to protect your rights and learn what compensation you can recover in this situation. Having legal guidance can help you secure the compensation you need and deserve.