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What Are the Costs Involved with Spinal Cord Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries?

When you or your loved one suffers a severe injury through the fault of someone else, a lawyer can advise you of whether you have grounds to take legal action. Bringing a lawsuit is often necessary for obtaining compensation. Medical expenses for spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be overwhelming, and many people have no means of paying for them without recovering damages.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who suffer a spinal cord injury spend an average of $15,000 to $30,000 a year in medical costs. Over a lifetime, it can cost anywhere between $500,000 to more than $3 million. The expenses depend on the severity of the injury and the age of the individual. If the person is young, the medical costs over a lifetime can be staggering. Paraplegia is spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis from the waist down. Quadriplegia is paralysis from the neck down. Whole bodily systems, such as the respiratory system, gastrointestinal system or musculoskeletal system, can be affected. Also, the nerve function of transmitting signals from the brain to other parts of the body is compromised. Serious complications can arise from these factors alone. In addition to medical care and rehabilitation, psychological side effects may need to be addressed as well.

Traumatic brain injury is similar in medical cost estimates to SCI. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, lifetime costs for severe TBI can reach $4 million. One study that followed up four years after injury found that the average medical and long-term care costs for those receiving rehabilitation ran $196,460.

Insurance companies often try to settle serious injury cases prematurely, before the extent of the injury is apparent. Having an experienced Santa Barbara law firm to evaluate any offer you receive and protect your rights is crucial for receiving adequate compensation. A skilled attorney can provide valuable legal guidance and work to maximize your recovery under California law.