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The cost and effects of spinal cord injuries are significant

Spinal cord injuries are devastating for many reasons, including the physical limitations and monetary costs. These impacts are directly related to the location and type of injury you suffer.

Whether you or a loved one is the victim of this injury, finding out what you can about the effects is often helpful. Here are a few points that are important:

Location and type of injury

The location and the type of injury are two of the primary factors in the nature of effects that the person will have to live with. Injuries that are higher, such as cervical spine injuries, will impact more bodily system than lower level injuries. When you are trying to determine what effects the injury will have on the body, you need to remember that things at or below the level of the injury are likely going to be impacted.

The type of spinal cord injury matters because an incomplete injury is associated with partial function and feeling below the level of the injury. A complete injury doesn't have any function or feeling below the injury, which makes complete injuries more likely to have more impacts than an incomplete injury.

Spinal cord injuries can lead to all sorts of issues, including paralysis, breathing troubles, bowel insufficiency, sexual dysfunction and weakness in the non-paralyzed limbs. Some injuries can lead to the need for around-the-clock care and intensive medical interventions.

Costs of the injury

There is another factor that affects the cost of the injury. This is age. A person who is younger when a spinal cord injury occurs is likely to incur more costs over his or her lifetime.

A high tetraplegia injury, which is likely to be the most costly, is probably going to cost $1,064,716 in the first year and $184,891 each year after. For a 25-year-old victim, it is estimated that this will mean $4,724,181 over the course of his or her life. For a 50-year-old victim, that total estimate comes to around $2,596,329.

On the lower end of the spectrum is a spinal cord injury that leads to incomplete motor function. This type of injury is estimated to cost $347,484 in the first year and $42,206 each year after. This is estimated to mean lifetime costs of $1,578,274 for a 25-year-old victim or $1,113,990 for a 50-year-old victim.

These effects and costs are a few of the reasons why some victims choose to seek compensation. This is possible if the spinal cord was injured in an accident that was the victim's fault.

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