July 30, 2020

What are the Lifetime Costs for Paralysis Injuries?

Our Los Angeles paralysis lawyer knows just how devastating paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other types of paralysis can be for a victim and his or her family.  Nearly 6 million people in the United States live with some form of paralysis, often caused by an accident. Accidents and trauma resulting in paralysis are often catastrophic, life-altering events that may result in costly medical interventions, require special mobility devices, and even long-term care.

Costs associated with paralysis will vary. Depending on the injury and its severity, expenses can range wildly.  These figures are staggering for a younger victim when you consider the remaining life expectancy of that individual and the costs that they and their families may be facing.

The common average costs from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center include the following:

  • Quadriplegia – first year costs approximately $1.2 million, and approximately $200,000 a year after that
  • Paraplegia – first year costs approximately $560,000, and approximately $75,000 a year after that
  • Average lifetime costs at the age of 25: quadriplegia, over $5.1 million; paraplegia, approximately $2.5 million
  • Average lifetime costs at the age of 50: quadriplegia, over $2.8 million; paraplegia, over $1.6 million

These costs can be for the following:

  • the hospitalization and medical costs for the primary accident
  • any further stays in a rehabilitation facility or setting
  • ongoing lifetime physical or occupational therapies
  • ongoing nursing care or other personal assistance
  • medications
  • household and vehicle modifications
  • and many others.

In addition to these direct costs are the indirect ones of lost wages and productivity which can often exceed the direct costs.

Few injuries are as disruptive to an individual’s life and future as a spinal cord injury. If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Getting the advice of an experienced Los Angeles paralysis lawyer is crucial in understanding your rights to compensation for damages. For more information and a FREE case review, contact us today at (888) 588-1777.  We are ready and willing to help.