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Long-Term Expenses of Paralysis

One of the most serious and damaging injuries a person can sustain is one to the spinal cord. This is because the long-term impact can present a number of issues, including the potential of paralysis. When someone becomes paralyzed, the pain and suffering are severe.

One thing that many individuals don’t know about or are simply unaware of is the financial impact that exists when someone is paralyzed. Whether someone has incomplete tetraplegia, incomplete paraplegia, complete tetraplegia, or complete paraplegia, the expenses over a lifetime are quite high.

This is because of the need for specialized care, changes in homes or vehicles to equip for the injury, and more. Treatment and rehabilitation are also part of this. Overall, the costs reach the millions quite often.

Here’s a breakdown of the costs of living with a serious spinal cord injury:

Yearly costs:

  • High Tetraplegia: $1,064,716 for the first year and $184,891 for each subsequent year.
  • Low Tetraplegia: $769,351 for the first year and $113,423 for each subsequent year.
  • Paraplegia: $518,904 for the first year and $68,739 for each subsequent year.
  • Incomplete motor function: $347,484 for the first year and $42,206 for each subsequent year.

Lifetime costs (estimated):

  • High Tetraplegia: $4,724,181 for a 25 year old and $2,596,329 for a 50 year old.
  • Low Tetraplegia: $3,451,781 for a 25 year old and $2,123,154 for a 50 year old.
  • Paraplegia: $2,310,104 for a 25 year old and $1,516,052 for a 50 year old.
  • Incomplete motor function: $1,578,274 for a 25 year old and $1,113,990 for a 50 year old.

When a spinal cord injury—and paralysis—is caused by someone else’s negligence, victims have the right to pursue legal action to hold the responsible party accountable. Our New York paralysis lawyers at Levine and Wiss work with victims to seek the compensation they deserve to help alleviate the stress of the expenses associated with their damages.

Call our firm today.