The Long-term Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are categorized as “catastrophic injuries” because of the severe neurological and often permanent damage that can result. The spinal cord plays an essential role in controlling and facilitating movement, sensation and organ functioning in most of the body, and any damage to the spine can disrupt all of these functions.
Even a relatively minor spinal cord injury can be costly to treat because this type of injury requires emergency stabilization and monitoring. While some spinal cord injury victims only experience temporary effects, others can experience long-lasting consequences and possibly for the rest of their lives.
The following are some of the long-term costs of injury to the spine:
Medical care and equipment - People who are left permanently paralyzed by a spinal cord injury will require medical equipment and ongoing treatment for the rest of their lives. Depending on the nature and location of the injury, equipment and care may be needed to help with the following effects of the injury and more:
- Inability to walk
- Loss of bowel or bladder functioning
- Inability to use the arms or move the truck
- Lack of respiratory functioning
As you can imagine, the technology, equipment, and dedicated care it takes to continue a full life as a spinal cord injury victim can be extensive.
Change in earning potential - Loss of movement or sensory abilities in a large part of your body may prevent you from returning to your previous job. For example, if you worked in construction or were an athlete, you may not be able to do so if you are wheelchair-bound. In many cases, if spinal cord injury victims can return to work at all, they often lose a significant amount of income and earning power in the process.
Changes to your personal life - There is no doubt that a spinal injury can change every aspect of your life. Your recreational activities, intimate relationships, and overall enjoyment of life may be disrupted or permanently changed.
Contact a Phoenix Spinal Cord Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation
Because the costs of a spinal cord injury are so extreme, it is critical for anyone who has been injured in an accident to consult with a Phoenix spinal cord injury lawyer as soon as possible. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. at 602-819-5191 for help today.