Anytime you experience an accident, the best-case scenario is that you walk away with little harm and even fewer healthcare costs. Sometimes, though, accidents result in injuries where you no longer possess the ability to walk.
Spinal cord injuries risk long-term paralysis and disability. Understanding the most common causes and potential costs may help you remain vigilant to avoid accidents. Should the worst happen, it may help you move through the process of recovery and securing compensation from insurance or a defense case.
The most common causes of SCIs
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, motor vehicle accidents represent the most likely cause of SCIs at 38.6%. Slips and falls follow at 32.2%. The remaining 29% consists of acts of violence like gunshot wounds, sports injuries and medical malpractice.
The aftermath of SCIs
Hospitalization and rehabilitation time takes around 42 days in total, which leaves you out of a job for over a month. Depending on the severity of the SCI, you may be unable to return to work due to the paralysis. An SCI may affect your motor function or leave you without the use of your legs or entire body.
The compensation for these injuries
Using a motor vehicle accident as example, you have car damage, hospital bills and long-term recovery to face. All of this costs physically, emotionally and financially. In a perfect world, your insurance company has your back throughout this whole process and all relevant costs. In reality, insurance companies often look out for their bottom line. There are steps you can take and resources to lean on that may help you pursue the support you need.