Spinal cord injuries impact you no matter how minimal they might be. Even a recoverable bruising may leave you off your feet for weeks. More severe SCIs risk permanent paralysis and lifelong medical bills.
Whether you sustain an SCI through a car accident or even a mild fall, it is important to familiarize yourself with the signs and potential costs of an SCI—no matter how severe.
Injuries to your spine may classify as complete or incomplete and both pose differing impacts on your body. While incomplete SCIs cause tingling, numbness or difficulty with motor control, a complete SCI may result in complete paralysis of your body below the lesion.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, an injury affecting a 25-year-old’s motor control may cost around $1.7 million in average lifetime costs. An SCI resulting in high tetraplegia might average around $5.1 million.
Some accidents result in SCIs you may not even identify at first. Mild bruising or contusions along the spinal canal may manifest as subtle signs of trauma rather than outright paralysis. Breathing trouble, a lack of heat sensitivity or bladder and bowel issues may all point to an unseen injury that may exacerbate things without proper medical attention.
No matter how severe your SCI may be, a hospital visit is often expensive. Treatment for SCIs may result in even higher costs. If the accident involved negligence, there may be options for securing compensation to help afford the treatment you need. It is important to do comprehensive research and lean on your resources when navigating these complex personal injury matters.