Imagine this: You’re driving along and all of a sudden, someone rear-ends you. The impact jolts through your body and then, nothing. A spinal cord injury is one of the most serious a person can sustain and often leads to a lifetime of damages and the expenses that come along with it.
There are a number of things that factor into potentially calculating the expenses of paralysis such as whether the paralysis is complete or incomplete, if a person has quadriplegia or paraplegia, and the age of the victim. Here are some things that should be considered when calculating the lifetime expenses associated with paralysis.
Average Yearly Costs and Estimated Lifetime Costs
For a victim dealing with incomplete motor function, the expected expenses for the first year are over $300,000 with each subsequent year reaching over $42,000. For paraplegia, these numbers increase to over $515,000 for the first year and $68,000 for each subsequent year.
Other forms of paralysis include:
- Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8) will often require at least $760,000 in first year expenses. Each subsequent year will be above $110,000.
- High Tetraplegia (C1-C4) ASIS ABC reaches first year expenses exceeding $1,000,000 and each subsequent year after that goes more than $184,000.
The lifetime expenses are often a daunting thing to discover. For someone who is 60 years old when they sustain the spinal cord injury, the lifetime expenses can range from the low $1,000,000 for incomplete motor function, to nearly $3,000,000 for someone who suffers from high tetraplegia.
An individual who is only 25 years old can see those expenses range from $1,500,000 all the way up to nearly $5,000,000. Of course, as things change in the world, these expenses can always be increased, causing the total number to be even higher.
This is a high price to pay when someone sustains an injury because of another person’s negligence. This is why it is so important for victims to understand their rights and know how to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.
At The Beasley Firm, our Philadelphia spinal cord injury attorneys are dedicated to the rights of the injured, every step of the way. We work hard to help our clients seek compensation because we know the lifetime of expenses can be difficult to endure on your own.
If you believe you have a case, contact us today to speak with a legal professional.