Spinal cord injuries are devastating, not only for the new challenges they involve but also because of the costs of continuous medical care.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), the average annual first-year costs of spinal cord injury treatments range from $322,000 to $985,000, depending on the severity of the injury. Annual medical care costs following that first year range from $40,000 to $170,000, again depending on the extent of the injury. Put another way, the NSCISC estimates the lifetime medical care costs for a 25-year-old who suffers a severe spinal cord injury – termed high tetraplegia -will exceed $4.3 million.
A woman in Colorado became a quadriplegic when she was just 9 years old due to a gun shot wound to her neck. Ever since the devastating injury, most of her medical treatment consisted of painkillers, as many as four high-doses per day. Several years back she explored alternative treatments, involving things like acupuncture, with positive results, both physically and emotionally.
The only real problem with these alternative treatments was their cost, because Medicaid would not cover these treatments. She eventually looked for government help with this issue and the Colorado legislature approved Medicaid funding for alternative spinal cord treatments.
The top causes of spinal cord injuries in this country are falls, acts of violence, and sports, with car accidents being the number one cause. Those who suffer spinal cord injuries face a difficult life. When spinal cord injuries are caused by the negligent actions of others, those deemed responsible should pay for the medical care of their victims.
Contact the Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm of Bice Law
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s actions, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law. We serve families across both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling 877-BICE-877 or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a paraplegia injury & accidents attorney. Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.