There are about 5.4 million people in the United States who are living with paralysis. It goes without saying that losing the use of your limbs is beyond life-changing.
In the first year after your paraplegia injury, the mortality risk is very high. If you survive the first year, your mortality rate will remain higher than the average person for the rest of your life. Americans with paraplegia are unfortunately 2 to 5 times more at risk of premature death than those without it.
The health risks related to paraplegia are vast. People in wheelchairs usually have serious blood flow issues and are at a much higher risk of cardiovascular problems. Pressure ulcers from sitting down all the time are difficult to avoid, as well as bladder, bowel, sexual, and other health defects.
Avoiding premature death from these related conditions is going to be quite expensive, and living with your condition in general will be a lifelong battle.
Who is liable for my spinal cord injury?
It’s understandably hard to accept that you no longer have the use of your limbs. But it’s important to stay strong, keep your head up, and begin to think seriously about how you’re going to live out the rest of your life. Identifying whose negligence is responsible for your injuries is the key to getting compensation.
If the car accident was the fault of another driver besides yourself, you and your lawyer need to negotiate with that person’s insurance company, or potentially their attorneys. If your car was hit by a truck or bus, it may be that the company in charge of the vehicle is responsible. These things need to be determined so your lawyer knows which direction to take your case.
A spinal cord injury can cost up to $1,000,000 just in the first year. The immediate medical costs can include:
- Emergency services
- Disability equipment
- Staying in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
After the initial costs of merely surviving your accident, you will then have a lifetime of:
- Counseling or psychotherapy
Because of how expensive these injuries are, assessing the costs is a very lengthy and time-consuming process that you really don’t want to mess up. Your lawyer can help you assess all your documents pertaining to your medical costs, as well as estimate what your costs will be moving into the future.
If you’re suffering from paraplegia resulting from a car accident in Michigan, get in touch with Neumann Law Group today.
Neumann Law Group
250 Monroe Ave NW #400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 717-5666
Fax: (231) 221-0051