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Spinal cord injuries can be devastating to the person who suffers from one as well as their families. Not only are they physically crippling, but these injuries can impact a person emotionally and psychologically as well.

If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury and it was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be wondering what your next steps forward are. In fact, it may seem like your life has come to a standstill.

At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we want you to know that we are here for you. We know the difficulties you are facing and are ready to answer all of your questions. When you need an Everett spinal cord injury attorney, you can count on us to be by your side to get the compensation you deserve.

How They Happen

Though it is not something we think about often, we are all susceptible to spinal cord injuries. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center breaks down the causes of these injuries:

  • Vehicle accidents (38 percent)
  • Falls (30.5 percent)
  • Violence (13.5 percent)
  • Sports and recreation accidents (9 percent)
  • Surgical errors (5 percent)

There are approximately 17,000 new spinal cord injuries a year and there are around 282,000 people currently living with these injuries in the US.

The Costs

First, we want to look strictly at the medical costs of spinal cord injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, first year medical costs can range from $347,000 to over $1 million. For each year of care after the first year, costs range from $42,000 to $185,000.

Around 30 percent of people with spinal cord injuries are re-hospitalized one or more times during a given year following their injuries, usually with genitourinary, respiratory, digestive, circulation, or musculoskeletal diseases.

Hidden Costs

Medical costs are only part of the expenses. Most of the time, a person’s home and vehicle must be upgraded to accommodate necessary equipment and to improve mobility. These costs can quickly rise over $100,000.

Other costs include:

  • Lost income and benefits of the victim (also other family members if they must quit to become a caregiver).
  • In-home care costs.
  • Travel expenses to see specialists.

People who suffer from these injuries often need intensive psychological and emotional counseling to deal with the changes to their lifestyle. Spinal cord injury victims usually experience severe depression as their new reality sets in. Their families also often require counseling to deal with lifestyle adjustments.

Will your insurance cover all of these expenses?

What Are Your Options

Stop worrying about what happens next. We want to help you move forward after you or a loved one have suffered from a spinal cord injury caused by someone else. These injuries can become costly very quickly, and not only with medical expenses.

At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we want to make sure all of your accident-related expenses are covered so that you can focus on rebuilding your life. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 425-728-7467.

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