Many different incidents can result in spinal cord injuries, such as auto accidents, slips, trips and falls. When most people think of these types of injuries, they don’t envision the victim becoming paralyzed — but that’s a real possibility.
It can be quite costly to treat spinal cord injuries, whether they result in a victim’s paralysis or not. Below are some of the more common lifetime costs associated with different types of spinal cord injuries.
What costs do spinal cord injury patients incur?
Spinal cord patients are hospitalized following their injury. The average hospital stay lasts 11 days. Spinal cord injuries that affect the functionality of a person’s four limbs cost at least $1.5 million to treat.
The costs associated with that stay and subsequent treatments an individual needs over the course of their lifetime varies, depending on the severity of their injury as follows:
- Lower-level tetraplegia, which impacts the lower portion spinal cord and all four limbs, can result in $3 million in lifetime costs.
- Upper-level spinal cord injury resulting in high tetraplegia, which impacts the functionality of all four limbs, can cost someone upwards of $5 million.
- Lower-body paralysis (known as paraplegia) can cost upwards of $2 million to treat over a person’s lifetime.
All of the amounts above are based on an individual suffering an injury in their 20s.
There is compensation available for individuals with paralysis
Even if you have health insurance with coverage caps, it’s unlikely that it will cover the entirety of the medical costs that you’re sure to have over a lifetime — and that doesn’t do anything for your lost wages and other damages. You may be eligible for compensation depending on the nature of how your accident occurred, so learn more about your legal options as soon as you can.