Costs of Spinal Injury
Tampa Bay Personal Injury Attorneys Help with Your Recovery
The leading causes of spinal cord injuries – auto accidents, falls, athletic injuries and violence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – change victims’ lives forever. As the next stage of you and your family’s life begins, you need an experienced attorney to answer your questions and guide you through the recovery process.
What are the Costs for Spinal Cord Injuries?
When someone sustains a spinal injury he or she likely sustained several other injuries as well. Victims may suffer from paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia, and they could develop disorders relating to their respiratory or digestive systems.
The CDC says that that the average spinal cord injury survivor spends between $15,000 to $30,000 a year on medical costs, and that a victim might pay more than $3 million over the course of a lifetime. Data from the CDC and the University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center show that costs can vary widely depending on what type of injury you have. Those suffering from high tetraplegia can pay over $1 million the first year and $171,808 each subsequent year, while someone with paraplegia might pay half a million the first year and over $66,000 each year thereafter.
Surgeries to correct these injuries can be extremely costly, and they usually require forms of physical therapy that last several years. Victims might also need to invest in home and vehicle modifications, prescription medication and other forms of treatment that are not cheap in our health care system.
How Can I Afford My Spinal Injury Treatments?
This is the principle reason injured people file lawsuits: to obtain the funding they need to pay for all of these sudden, unexpected costs. In addition to financially supporting injury victims, our efforts have inspired prominent institutions to change their policies to prevent similar injuries.
Our team has been representing victims of serious injuries for three decades, and we know how to determine how much you need to survive. Founder Richard M. Shapiro spent years as a medical research assistant, and his associate J. Brent Jones used to be a defense attorney. This means he knows what the other side will say to diminish your claim, and he knows how to prove your legitimacy against the defense.
Our spinal cord injury lawyer only takes on the cases that we strongly believe will end in our client’s favor. We fully investigate every detail of the accident that caused your spinal cord injury, and we fight to recover the verdict or settlement your family needs to stay afloat. We offer free consultations and contingency fees, meaning you can find out if you have a case for no charge and no obligation. If your case does not end with you receiving money, you do not owe us any attorney fees or have to repay any costs of the lawsuit.