Treatment for a spinal cord injury depends on its location, severity, and other factors. Speak with your medical team about the best course of action based on your injuries, health, and more.
The cost of treatment, though, can be substantial. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) estimates the first year of health care costs and living expenses for someone with high quadriplegia at over $1 million and over $185,000 for each subsequent year in 2015 dollars. Costs for someone with paraplegia are estimated at $519,520 in the first year and $68,821 in subsequent years, according to the NSCISC.
If somebody else caused your injury, then your injury claim should account for these long-term costs. Call the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. at 404-474-0804 to speak with a lawyer about your case.
Types of Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries
Your health care costs and living expenses will increase based on the severity of your spinal cord injury and the plan your doctor establishes for your recovery. When you file a claim against the liable party, be sure to account for any and all medical expenses associated with your injury.
Do not overlook the costs of medication when filing an injury claim. Doctors may prescribe to relieve pain, prevent inflammation, prevent infection, and for the many other complications that spinal cord injury patients might experience. Patients may also require medication to treat depression and anxiety that might be associated with a spinal cord injury.
Rehabilitation for spinal cord injury may include physical therapy to increase strength and improve mobility. Your doctor may include in-patient physical therapy in a rehabilitation facility to help you regain your voluntary functions. Patients may also go to outpatient physical therapy appointments for the rest of their lives.
Your claim may also include costs for any surgeries you require. Spinal cord injury patients may require surgery to stabilize the spine, treat conditions that cause spinal compression, and for other complications.
Valuing Your Spinal Cord Injury Case
The amount of compensation we pursue depends on the type of treatment plan your doctor sets up for you. It should account for treatment you already received, as well as treatment you will require in the future.
In addition to the medical treatments listed above, you may also receive compensation to account for:
- Home modifications
- Vehicle modifications
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of pension or benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
Establishing Fault & Liability for Your Spinal Cord Injury Accident
Attorney Jason R. Schultz will investigate the car accident, fall, medical malpractice, or other event that caused the spinal cord injury. The investigation will aim to gather evidence that establishes:
- How the accident happened
- What contributed to the accident
- Who is responsible for the accident and/or circumstances that led to the accident
- The accident caused the spinal cord injury
- Short- and long-term expenses and losses associated with the injury
These elements are necessary to hold the liable party responsible for your accident and the damages you suffered as a result. Some of the evidence we may use to prove your case include:
- Accident or police reports
- Expert witness testimony (e.g., accident reconstruction, medical experts, vocational specialists, etc.)
- Photographs and video surveillance footage
- Medical records and reports
- Financial records
- Eyewitness testimony
- And more
Contact the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. Today
Call Attorney Jason R. Schultz to schedule a complimentary legal evaluation of your case.
Our law firm provides thorough representation of accident victims who suffered serious injuries. When taking legal action based on an injury like a spinal cord injury that has such long-term consequences, it is vital to fully account for all the damages associated with the accident.
Please call us now at 404-474-0804 to get started.