You know the total amount of the medical bills that your child has incurred since birth and the number is staggeringly high. The spinal cord injury that your baby suffered has necessitated so many medical appointments, physical therapy appointments, braces, assistive devices, and medications that your child would not have otherwise needed. The financial costs are adding up fast and your child is still an infant!
Unfortunately, This May Just Be the Start of the Bills to Come
Incomplete spinal cord injuries may take a long time to heal and complete spinal cord injuries may never heal. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation estimates the cost of medical care and living expenses for spinal cord injuries to be as follows:
- $1,064,716 for the first year post-injury and $184,891 for every subsequent year for people with high tetraplegia.
- $769,351 for the first year post-injury and $113,423 for every subsequent year for people with low tetraplegia.
- $518,904 for the first year post-injury and $68,739 for every subsequent year for people with paraplegia.
- $347,484 for the first year post-injury and $42,206 for every subsequent year for people with incomplete motor function at any level.
These estimated costs do not include other important costs such as educational expenses, lost income, pain, and suffering. All of these things should be accounted for when estimating your child’s future expenses and losses after a spinal cord birth injury.
Now, think about your child’s current age and life expectancy. The costs of his injury are going to add up fast.
Has Your Family Been Impacted by a Birth Injury?
If your family has been impacted by a birth injury you need to speak with an experienced birth injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.