Those individuals in California who are injured by the negligence of another can face a variety of harms. Some are lucky enough to escape a car accident with little more than a few bumps and bruises. Others aren't so fortunate. They may suffer from traumatic brain injuries that leave them cognitively, physically and behaviorally impaired, or they may wind up needing amputation of a major limb. These catastrophic injuries can completely change an individual's life, making it hard -- if not impossible -- for him or her to live what was once considered a normal life.
Amongst these catastrophic injuries are those affecting the spinal cord. These injuries can fall anywhere on a spectrum of severity, but almost all of them are severe. One may wind some impaired motor skills, while others become paralyzed from the injury down. While the physical limitations posed by these injuries are readily apparent, what may not be is the financial ramifications of treating them.
The medical expenses and rehabilitation cost associated with a spinal cord injury can be excruciatingly high. According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, an individual who suffers from some sort of incomplete motor function can expect to spend nearly $350,000 in their first year of treatment with an additional cost of more than $40,000 each subsequent year. Those who suffer from high tetraplegia can be hit with more than $1 million in medical care and rehabilitation costs in the first year alone with another $185,000 each year following that.
With the cost of lifetime care exceeding $1 million in many of these cases in medical expenses alone, not to mention lost wages and other damages, victims of negligence need to carefully consider their legal options. After all, if they are successful on a personal injury claim, then they may be able to recover the compensation they need to find financial stability while they focus on reclaiming as much of their former life as is possible.