In 2012, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimated that every year, about 12,000 new spinal cord injury cases are brought to light. While this may seem small when compared to the population of the entire United States, it is still alarmingly high, and stays constant. That means after 10 years, there will be over 100,000 people in the United States with spinal cord injuries. Currently, it is estimated that around 300,000 people throughout our country have spinal cord injuries, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center
It’s often difficult to recover from a spinal cord injury, frequently requiring long-term care and, in some cases, live-in care providers. Many victims of accidents that result in spinal cord injuries will never walk again. Those that will often need assistance for the rest of their lives, as the spinal cord is a fragile and important nerve. Obviously, the health care costs of these injuries are astronomical. Recently, a study in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine has shown that across 675 patients with spinal cord injuries, the direct medical costs exceeded $14.47 million, averaging to roughly $21,450 per patient in 2005. This being only one year of medical costs, with a lifetime of costs to come.
Accidents Leading to Spinal Cord Injuries
While a large number of spinal cord injuries occur in car accidents, they can happen anywhere, at any time, and due to any accident. An unfortunate spill at work can lead to spinal cord injuries just as much as a car accident. The negligent driver or other party causing the accident deserve to be held responsible for their actions. As detailed before, the costs stemming from spinal cord injuries are often far too high for most victims to pay for, especially if they lose their ability to work. In this case, the responsible party or parties should compensate the victim for their medical bills, list wages, future earnings, and pain and suffering. Spinal cord injuries can often be the result of life-shattering accidents that restrict victims to a life of paying off medical bills, or even wrongful death.
Sidell Law Offices | Las Vegas, Nevada Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a spinal cord accident, do not wait to bring a claim against the negligent party. You should not have to pay the medical costs of an accident which you did not cause. Las Vegas, NV personal injury attorney, Robert Sidell of Sidell Law is well experienced in severe accident cases and understands that your first priority should be attending to your medical needs. Robert Sidell will work tirelessly on the sidelines to make sure that the negligent party is held responsible for their actions in causing your severe injuries. Contact our Las Vegas office today for your initial free consultation.