Spinal cord injuries risk a serious impact on your daily life, regardless of whether it is a complete or incomplete injury. That is because medical science has yet to devise a cure for SCIs outside of successful surgery and physical therapy.
Even those options may leave you with a new normal to grow accustomed to. Understanding how you might suffer an SCI and what potential costs may need recovering may help you grapple with that reality.
Causes of SCIs
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, motor vehicle accidents and falls make up more than 70% of all SCIs. Other causes include violence like gunshot wounds and sports recreation.
Costs of SCIs
The overall expenses an SCI may incur are an immense financial burden for most. First-year costs average out as the most costly time since it includes surgery, physical therapy and recovery, and the average costs depend on the severity of the SCI.
The loss of motor function at any level has an average first-year cost of $375,196 and a subsequent-year cost of $45,572.
More severe injuries, like tetraplegia, incur first-year averages of around $1.14 million and subsequent-year averages of $199,637.
These estimates do not take into account the indirect costs you might incur from losing out on wages, fringe benefits or productivity.
Besides the financial, SCIs impact your physical motion and all of this may lead to a greater risk of emotional costs like depression.
Recovery of SCI costs
Regardless of how you suffer an SCI, these costs are a challenge on top of your recovery. Whether the injury results from negligence on-premises or your costs go unpaid because of insurance issues, there are options to appeal for the compensation you need.