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Parents who suffer a spinal cord injury face a tough road

Being struck by a semitruck can lead to various types of injuries. When this type of accident occurs, families are often impacted in ways they never expected. Take a moment to think about how difficult life would be if a parent suffered a spinal cord injury in a crash.

The injury would affect the parent who is injured. It would also affect the other parent since that parent would have to pick up a lot more of the duties around the home and with the kids. It would affect the kids because they have to learn to live with a parent who might not be able to do as much as before the big rig accident.

Spinal cord injuries vary in severity

Spinal cord injuries can range from relatively minor to very serious. In minor injuries, the impacts could be anything from pain around the injury to difficulty moving a limb. More serious injuries often involve paralysis. Think of Christopher Reeve. He went from being fit enough to play Superman to being confined to a wheelchair and dependent on a ventilator to survive.

The cost will go far beyond only basic medical care

The cost of living with a spinal cord injury is harrowing. The more serious the injury or the younger the victim, the more costly the injury. A high tetraplegia injury for a 25-year-old person is estimated to cost a whopping $4,724,181 in medical costs and living expenses over a lifetime. This doesn't include other costs, such as missed wages. For a 50-year-old person, that figure drops to $2,596,329, which is still a pretty steep cost. While these are on the higher end of the estimates since high tetraplegia is one of the most serious injuries, even incomplete injuries can result in thousands of dollars of medical care and living expenses.

You might be able to recover some of the damages

In spinal cord injuries that are caused by a semitruck crash, the victim might be able to seek compensation for the damages. This would involve a personal injury lawsuit. There are several factors to consider if you are going to file a lawsuit. You must think about the total expenses, including past, present and future, related to the accident. You need to determine what caused the accident and whom you can hold liable. You also need to decide if you are going to consider a settlement or if you want to go all the way to a jury trial. Understanding your options can help you to decide what you are going to do.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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