Maryland Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

The spinal cord is one of the most important parts of the body. It sends messages between the brain and the rest of the body.

Most of us never think twice about just how important our spinal cord is, unless it is seriously injured.

Spinal cord injuries are some of the worst that a person can suffer. They can cause serious pain, paralysis and death. When a person suffers a spinal cord injury, they many times need the help of doctors, family members and loved ones just to cope with all of the problems they face.

Sadly, most spinal cord injuries happen because someone else made a mistake – like a driver who accidentally hits another person and causes a spinal injury, for example.

Spinal Cord Injury Statistics

  • The leading cause of spinal cord injuries is vehicle accidents (38%), followed by falls (30%).
  • Somewhere between 240,000 to 337,000 people have spinal cord injuries in the United States.
  • The average age of someone with a spinal cord injury in the United States is 42; some reports say that half of all spinal cord injuries occur between the ages of 16 and 30.
  • Over 80 percent of spinal cord injury victims are men.

The Costs of SCI

Spinal cord injuries cost a lot of money to treat. These numbers are estimates on the amount of money people must pay when they are paralyzed from spinal injuries. This will give you an idea of just how much victims need to spend on medical care.

  • $140,000 – The cost of an initial hospitalization
  • $508,904 – Average costs for the first year following an SCI for paraplegics (people paralyzed from the waist-down)
  • $754,524 to $1,044,197 – Average expenses for the first year following an SCI for quadriplegics (people who are paralyzed in all limbs)
  • $2,265,584 – Average lifetime costs for paraplegics (injured at age 25)
  • $3,385,259 to $4,633,137 – Average lifetime costs for quadriplegics (injured at age 25)
  • While over half of those with an SCI were employed at the time of their injury, only 11.8 percent of those with SCI are employed after one year of their injury.
  • The percentage of those with SCI rises to 34.9 percent after 20 years following their injury.

There huge costs facing people living with SCIs. But problems go well beyond finances. People with major spinal injuries have to deal with sadness, anger, loss of work and many other challenges.

If you or a loved one has suffered one of these terrible injuries because of another person’s actions, you should know that you could have legal options. Our experienced spinal cord injury attorneys have helped many families fight for the payment that they deserve. Contact Jezic & Moyse for a free consultation by calling (240) 292-7200.

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