A Washington personal injury attorney overviews the possible long-term costs of a spinal cord accident that results in paralysis or quadriplegia.

The Long-Term Costs of Caring for a Spinal Cord Injury Can Be Devastating

This week, the community of Puyallup, as well as competitive gymnasts across the country, is rallying around 15-year-old Jacoby Miles, a Washington teen who suffered a catastrophic and permanent spinal cord injury last week while executing a dismount from the uneven bars. The young athlete, who is recovering at Harborview Medical Center after spinal surgery, has lost feeling below her chest and will not likely fully recover from her sports injury. 

While we often – and understandably – focus on the emotional and personal aspects of these catastrophic spinal injuries, it is also important to understand that serious injury which results in paralysis can be extremely expensive, even if you have the best health insurance plan. Paralysis injury victims can expect to face the following costs: 

  • An extended hospital stay and multiple surgeries. Those with serious spinal cord injuries stay in the hospital for 12 days. During this time, many undergo a series of operations and expensive treatments. 
  • A long rehabilitation. Spinal cord injuries often result in a stay at a rehabilitation center of longer than a month, in which survivors learn how to care for themselves as best they can and adapt to their new life. 
  • Ongoing therapy. The majority of paraplegics and quadriplegics will need extensive care at home or on-location therapy, ranging from physical therapy, to occupational therapy, to therapy that deals with the emotional and mental aspects of the injury. 
  • A handicap-accessible home. Many injury victims now have different levels of mobility and have different everyday needs, from wider doorways, to one-story homes, to ramps, to bathroom bars. Many also need special vans or vehicles for transportation.  
  • Professional caregivers. Depending on the injury, some survivors may need around-the-clock care – help dressing, eating, and brushing their teeth. Others may need less care, but may still require help with certain chores that they could accomplish before their accident. 

If the spinal cord injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, then someone else may be responsible for all of the above costs, not to mention other damages (such as the loss of quality of life and pain and suffering). After a serious accident that leads to paralysis, it is vital to speak with a Seattle personal injury attorney about your case, even if you are unsure of whether or not you deserve compensation. For more information, Call attorney Andrew Kim at 800-636-3676. 


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