Make sure to gather up the information on your SCI costs
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Make sure to gather up the information on your SCI costs

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2021 | Firm News |

When injured on a construction site or in a motor vehicle accident, you may think anything you walk away from is a lucky break. However, not everyone enjoys that outcome. A spinal cord injury (SCI) can have a devastating impact on you if you suffer one. This impact manifests physically, financially and emotionally.

When making a case for compensation, it is important to know what goes into the overall costs of an SCI.

The average yearly costs

SCIs vary and range from recoverable loss of sensation to irrecoverable loss of function through your body. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the first year and subsequent year costs depend on the severity. Expenses in the first year may average between $375,000 and over $1.14 million. Expenses in subsequent years average between $45,000 and nearly $200,000.

Costs from medical

Surgery and hospital bills represent a large portion of the costs in the first year. SCIs require immediate attention and serious care that may lead to weeks in a hospital bed or physical therapy facility.

Costs from life in general

Living expenses like rehabilitation or home modifications to better suit your new normal also cost a great deal. This may include wheelchair-accessible vans or mental health solutions for depression.

Costs you might not see

None of these touch on the money you lose out on as opposed to what you must spend. Loss of productivity and wages are another source of financial stress.

When seeking out financial support from your insurance provider or through a lawsuit, gathering the paperwork for your medical costs — or reaching out for help doing so — may help you achieve a favorable result after an accident that changes your life.