Car accidents are the highest cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States today. We should expect this to continue to increase as problems such as distracted driving become more common. Spine injuries can be placed into three groups.
- Cervical Spine (C-spine) injury. This includes injuries that are located around the upper spine or neck areas.
- Thoracic Spine (T-spine) injury. These injuries are around the mid-back or shoulder blades.
- Lumbar Spine (L-spine) injury. This refers to injuries around the tailbone or lower back.
How Much Does a Spinal Cord Injury Cost?
The hospital stay immediately following a spinal cord injury lasts around 15 days on average. During this time, the patient will most likely be placed in an intensive care unit (ICU). Then they may stay another 44 days in a rehabilitation unit. This could leave a victim owing around $140,000 just from staying in the hospital and that is just the beginning. The first year with a spinal cord injury can end up costing as much $198,000. These injuries often leave victims unable to work and concerned with how they will afford their new cost of living. This is where having an attorney will be helpful.
How can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?
- Medical expenses including the hospital bills, ambulance ride and surgical care.
- Salary or income that has been lost due to the injury.
- Pain and suffering which could include compensation for disabilities and disfigurements.
- Any adjustments to property that will need to be made to accommodate the injured.