Since medical science still has no cure for spinal cord injuries, anything you sustain from a slip, a car wreck or other potential negligence in Kentucky may be with you for the rest of your life. Depending on the severity of your SCI, this might mean nerve damage and loss of feeling all the way to full-body paralysis — even after you recover.
That recovery involves a lot of surgery, physical therapy and rehabilitation, which comes with costs. Nobody decides to get an SCI, but knowing what you might have to pay if you do get one may prepare you for a compensation case.
The cost trends with severity
Not all SCIs affect everyone the same way. Slight damage to the upper vertebrae may result in a slight loss of motor control despite the higher risk of widespread paralysis. Serious damage to the lower spine may leave you paralyzed from the waist down.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center breaks down the initial costs of an SCI depending on the results:
- Motor function loss – $375,196
- Paraplegia (waist-down paralysis) – $560,287
- Low Tetraplegia (widespread paralysis) – $830,708
- High Tetraplegia – $1,149,629
The cost continues after the first year
Subsequent years tend to cost less, but the NSCISC still estimates an average of $45,572 for motor function loss all the way up to $199,637 for high tetraplegia cases.
There is no such thing as a minor spinal cord injury and getting used to your new normal takes time, determination, and money. Depending on your case, parties may owe compensation to you over services like occupational therapy and assistive devices at home that help you move on with your life.