South Bay Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury
The immense pain and suffering of a spinal cord injury (SCI) are only part of the full picture. An injury to the spinal cord will very often require extensive and ongoing medical treatment, and this need for care can have a devastating impact on the finances of the victim's family. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average spinal cord injury victim can expect to pay between $15,000 and $30,000 per year in medical expenses, with a total ranging between $500,000 and $3 million over the course of a lifetime. These figures, as high as they may be, do not even take into account the fact that the individual is likely to be partially or entirely disabled, meaning that he or she will not be able to earn an income to be self-sufficient, let alone supporting a family.
Depending on the location of the spinal cord injury, as well as the scope and severity of the injury, the symptoms may range from partial numbness, pain and restriction of the range of motion, to outright paralysis. The worst types of spinal cord injury leave the victim with a condition such as paraplegia or quadriplegia, meaning that the person may live the rest of his or her life in a wheelchair or confined to a bed. Even in relatively minor cases, the victim may suffer from whiplash and face a future of chronic neck pain, headaches and stiffness.
SCI Claims in Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, Torrance, El Segundo, and Redondo Beach
The CDC reports that 46 percent of all new cases of spinal cord injury are caused by motor vehicle collisions including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and pedestrian accidents. Another 22 percent of SCIs are suffered in slip / trip and fall accidents, while 16 percent are caused by acts of violence and 12 percent are sports injuries. However your spinal cord injury occurred, we urge to you take your first step towards recovering compensation now by contacting us at The Layfield Law Firm, APC for a free case evaluation.