Did you know that spinal cord damage is one of the most debilitating auto accident injuries a person will ever face?
The National Spinal Cord Injury Association estimates that over 450,000 Americans suffer from damage to the spinal cord. With statistics like this, it is safe to assume that many West Virginia residents suffer from this catastrophic injury.
Treatments for spinal cord injuries
Scientific advancements in the medical industry have made it possible for victims with auto accident injuries affecting the spinal cord to get help. Proper treatment may improve a victim’s life significantly. Examples of treatments include:
- Accident scene remedies, such as immobilizing the victim’s entire spine. can prevent further damage.
- Emergency rooms continue immobilization remedies while assessing the patient.
- Non-surgical treatments may include traction and other spinal alignment techniques.
- Surgery may be required to alleviate neurological damage and to stabilize the area while preventing pain and deformity.
As you might expect, these treatments cost massive amounts of money, which most victims cannot afford.
Financial costs of spinal cord injuries
According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the costs of auto accident injuries to the spine can soar into the millions during the first year. Each subsequent year after the initial trauma can cost victims from $42,000 on the low end to nearly $3 million on the high end.
How can victims pay for the care they need?
Since the costs of medical care for spinal injuries are not likely to fall anytime soon, victims have few options. However, if the vehicle accident occurred because of negligence, an injury lawsuit may provide a solution.
Consider having an experienced advocate review your situation to determine if you have grounds to seek compensation in an injury claim. A successful lawsuit can improve your quality of life and help you remain as independent as possible.