Spinal Injuries Cost More Than You Think

Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

Since 1988, about 55 percent of all spinal cord injuries were considered “incomplete,” while the remainder were considered “complete.” A complete spinal cord injury results in a total loss of sensation and function below the actual injury, while an incomplete injury results in only partial loss of sensation and function below the injury.

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About half of all spinal cord injuries result in quadriplegia, although this number increases significantly after the age of 45, comprising more than 66 percent of all spinal cord injuries after the age of 60, and 87 percent after the age of 75. More than 90 percent of all sports and recreational injuries which result in a spinal cord injury will also result in quadriplegia.

Statistics Regarding Spinal Cord Injuries

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center at UAB, states that the distribution of the causes of spinal cord injuries have changed significantly since 2010, with the primary cause of spinal cord injuries now being automobile accidents. Following auto accidents—at 38 percent, comes falls (30 percent), violent acts (14 percent), recreation and sports injuries (9 percent), and medical/surgical errors at 5 percent. The remainder of spinal cord injuries fall under “other,” and can include construction accidents.

Regarding recreation and sports injuries, as many as 2/3rds of all spinal cord injuries in this category result from a diving accident. After the age of 45, falls overtake motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. The majority of the victims of a spinal cord injury are single at the time of their injury (53 percent), while about 30 percent are married, and the remainder are divorced. At five years post-injury, 88 percent of those who were single at the time of their spinal cord injury, will still be single, and at that same five-year mark, about 80 percent of those who were married at the time of their spinal cord injury will still be married.

The Financial Cost of Spinal Cord Injuries

As many as 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur each year, and the estimate of how many people are currently living with a spinal cord injury varies (according to who is doing the estimating), from 240,000-337,000. The average age of a person who sustains a spinal cord injury has changed dramatically, from 29 years in the 1970’s, to 42 years today, although the length of a hospital stay for a person who has sustained a spinal cord injury has declined—from 24 days in the 1970’s, to 11 days today. This is likely due to much better treatments and care for those with a spinal cord injury.

Rehabilitative stays have likewise decreased, from an average of three and a half months in the 1970’s, to little more than a month today. Spinal cord injuries in the United States occur primarily to males (82 percent), with nearly 90 percent of all those who sustain a spinal cord injury being discharged to a private home. The cost of spinal cord injuries can be staggering, particularly since only a bit more than half of all those who suffer a spinal cord injury have private health insurance at the time of the injury. This statistic becomes more dismal when you know the financial costs associated with a spinal cord injury, including:

  • The initial hospital costs following a spinal cord injury are approximately $140,000 or more;
  • The first-year costs for a person who experiences a spinal cord injury averages approximately $200,000 ($150,000 for a paraplegic, $420,000 for a quadriplegic);
  • The lifetime costs for a spinal cord injury which results in quadriplegia is approximately one and a half million dollars (assuming an age of 25 for the initial injury);
  • The lifetime costs for a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia is nearly half a million dollars, and
  • The percentage of those who sustain a serious spinal cord injury and are unemployed at the eight-year mark following the initial injury is at least 63 percent.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney who has a lengthy background helping clients with spinal cord injuries. It is important that you have the time you need to heal and put your life back together, to the extent possible, and a knowledgeable Mississippi personal injury attorney can ensure you are allowed to do so.

Contact Our Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have sustained a spinal cord injury because of another person’s negligence in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, or anywhere in the State of Mississippi, the best thing you can do is to contact an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney who will protect your rights and assist you in receiving a fair settlement for your injuries. 

At Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, our attorneys believe in fighting aggressively for injured Mississippi spinal cord injury victims – to ensure that they receive the money they need to fully recover. We can help you obtain the money you need to fully recover. Contact Coxwell & Associates today at 1-601-948-1600, 1-877-231-1600 or via the personal injury form below.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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