Common causes of spinal cord injuries in Philadelphia

When we look at data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), we can see that an exhaustive study has been conducted to examine the causes and costs of spinal cord injuries in the US. When we look at a recent four-year time frame (2015 to 2019), we can see that the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include the following:

  • Vehicle accidents
  • Falls from varying heights
  • Violent acts
  • Sports and recreation incidents
  • Medical or surgical mistakes

How much do spinal cord injuries cost victims and their families?

Spinal cord injuries are considered catastrophic, and they often result in a victim becoming partially or completely paralyzed. At the Weitz Firm, our dedicated team has a thorough understanding of the cost of these injuries for victims and their families.

Returning to data from the NSCISC, we see that the first-year cost of medical care after a spinal cord injury occurs can range from approximately $368,000 to more than $1 million. For every following year of care, data shows that spinal cord injuries can cost between $44,000 to $200,000 annually.

However, when examining the overall costs of these injuries for a victim, and when trying to determine how much money to pursue from at-fault parties, we have to look at various other short- and long-term costs as well. This can include the following:

  • The costs of modifying a home or vehicle to help a victim with mobility
  • The cost of any medical devices to aid with mobility
  • Travel expenses to and from spinal cord injury specialists
  • Lost income of a spinal cord injury victim if they can no longer work

In addition to these financial losses, we also have to consider the extreme emotional and psychological trauma that victims and their family members will experience. Spinal cord injuries usually keep victims from enjoying the same everyday activities that they are used to, and they can keep a person from spending quality time with their family. These types of pain and suffering losses are immeasurable, but they should be included when trying to find a dollar amount of compensation to secure on behalf of the victim.

Call a Philadelphia spinal cord injury lawyer today

If you or somebody you care about has sustained a spinal cord injury caused by the careless or negligent actions of someone in the Philadelphia area, contact the Weitz Firm as soon as possible. Our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys have the resources necessary to fully investigate these cases, and our goal is to ensure that clients recover the compensation they need. This can include payment of all medical expenses caused by the injury, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Philadelphia spinal cord injury, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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