An unexpected event like a car accident or a slip and fall incident can have a tremendous impact on an individual's life. He or she will have to deal with the immediate pain that accompanies injuries suffered in these accidents, but the physical, emotional and financial damage can be quite long-reaching. In fact, many people in California who are harmed in various types of accidents suffer injuries that last a lifetime. For these victims, merely making ends meet can be extremely challenging.
Just look at spinal cord injuries as an example. An individual who suffers a spinal cord injury that results in any incomplete motor function can see medical costs and living expenses exceed $300,000 for the first year of treatment alone. Each subsequent year can cost more than $40,000. A victim who suffers high tetraplegia may wind up with more than $1 million in medical and living expenses the first year after the injury is suffered. Each year following that can cost as much as $185,000.
The lifetime costs of caring for a spinal cord injury is nothing short of staggering. An individual who suffers any form of incomplete motor functioning can end up paying about $1.5 million in medical and living expenses if they are 25 at the time of injury. A 25-year-old who suffers high tetraplegia, on the other hand, may incur nearly $5 million in medical costs and living expenses during his or her lifetime.
While these figures are astonishing, they don't even take into consideration other damages like lost wages and pain and suffering. So, those who suffer a spinal cord injury can quickly find themselves overwhelmed. Fortunately, they may be able to find financial relief that alleviates their stress and allows them to focus on reclaiming as much of their life as possible. This relief often comes in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. Experienced and skilled attorneys stand ready to help these individuals fight for the compensation they deserve.