During a car accident, different parts of our body can be injured to a greater or lesser extent. However, there are two parts that are especially vulnerable, the brain and the spinal cord.
An injury to either of these two parts can cause the injured person to end up with some type of paralysis. The impact our body sustains in a car accident can be so strong that ligaments and muscles can be torn, discs in the spine can fracture, and put pressure on surrounding nerves. In addition, the different parts that make up the car can injure us by penetrating some part of our body and have devastating consequences.
Paralysis results from a medical condition in which a person loses muscle function in one or more parts of their body. And it is categorized in the following ways:
– Paraplegia. This paralysis affects the lower body and both legs.
– Quadriplegia. This paralysis affects both the arms and the legs.
– Hemiplegia. This type of paralysis affects only one side of the body, affecting different parts such as the arm, face, and leg.
Paralysis victims, like their families, face various challenges that change their lifestyles and finances. The medical attention they need, in addition to medicines, adaptations that they have to make in their houses, cars, and sometimes, the loss of the ability to work and generate income, can make the bills pile up, substantially changing the level and person's quality of life.
In addition, adapting to paralysis can generate serious emotional and mental disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, nightmares, among others. And it is important that the person also receive therapy and other treatments that help them through this difficult situation.
The costs associated with a paralysis vary according to the type of injury and its severity. However, according to information provided by the National Center for Spinal Cord Injury Statistics, the average expenses that a person has to face are approximately:
– Quadriplegia: approximately $1.2 million during the first year after the injury.
– Paraplegia: Approximately $560,000 for the first year after injury.
These patients could spend between $2.5 and $5.1 million in their lifetime, depending on the age at which they were injured.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a car accident, contact us immediately. At the Vaziri law firm, we will help you so that all your present and future expenses are included in the compensation you deserve. Call us today!
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