At Stern Law Group, our Houston personal injury attorneys leverage the experience and resources needed to handle even the most complex cases, including those involving catastrophic injuries – or injuries resulting in life-altering and sometimes lifelong consequences. These include spinal cord injuries, which can result in various levels of impairment, disability, and paralysis, depending on severity.
When fighting on behalf of victims who have suffered spinal cord injuries or other serious physical harms, we know victims and families are forced to grapple with profound physical and emotional challenges. Fortunately, our civil justice system enables them to pursue a financial recovery for these damages when they caused by the negligence of others, as well as the real-world expenses they’ve had to bear as a result of their injuries. In addition, personal injury cases allow victims to pursue a financial recovery for their future damages, which, when spinal cord injuries are involved, can include a lifetime of medical needs, medical devices, physical therapy, special accommodations, lost wages, and more.
Aside from the tremendous pain and suffering and emotional losses that accompany spinal cord injuries, the financial implications of any spinal cord injury – including tetraplegia and paraplegia – can place incredible strain on victims, especially when it prevents them from gainful employment. As such, it is important for victims of negligence to work with proven personal injury lawyers who can help them calculate the full scope of their past, current, and future financial damages, and pursue the compensation they need to secure the means they need to address their needs.
By leveraging our decades of combined experience and working with medical experts who can provide expert testimony regarding the nature and severity of a person’s injuries and their future needs, we work diligently to highlight how a spinal cord injury translates into financial losses. Although all cases are unique and financial losses dependent on the type of injury, age of the victim, and pre-injury employment, there are general things to consider when calculating spinal cord injury financial damages. These include:
- Average yearly costs – The first year of a spinal cord injury can create extensive medical costs resulting from direct medical care, recovery, and new medical needs. As such, victims can see costs ranging from roughly $350,000 (for any level of incomplete motor function) to over $1 million in medical bills and associated costs (for high tetraplegia), according to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Subsequent years can also result in tens of thousands of dollars in expenses, as well as over $100,000 for low and high tetraplegia.
- Lifetime costs – Spinal cord injuries of the most severe categories create a lifetime of expenses. For the average 25-year-old, this can mean expected expenses ranging from $1.5 million to nearly $5 million over the course of their lives.
- Lost wages – Calculating lost damages is critical to maximizing compensation for seriously injuries spinal cord injury victims. These lost wages may stem from victims missing extensive time from work following their injuries and during their recoveries. It can also include their lost earnings when they are no longer able to earn a living, must train to gain new skills or enter a new line of work, or have a substantially decreased earning potential.
In every case we handle, our legal team is committed to maximizing compensation for our clients. We understand the difficult path seriously injured victims face, and we value the role we play in helping ensure their financial concerns about the future are eased. This is achieved only through diligent preparation and casework, skilled negotiations with insurers who want to pay as little as possible, and aggressive litigation when insurance companies decline to offer fair settlements.
If you have questions about spinal cord injuries or any catastrophic injury resulting from negligence, contact Stern Law Group for a FREE consultation.