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It goes without saying that the nature of spinal cord injury is such that the amount of damages that may be recovered against a party responsible for causing such injury is substantial. The average out-of-pocket cost of coping with a spinal cord injury in the first year can be as high as $741,000 for the most severe injuries. For each year after that, the average cost is approximately $132,000. The figures below do not include any indirect damages such as lost in wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish, which averaged $60,000 in 2006. All of these damages continue throughout the life of a victim.

Damages in SCI Cases

The costs of treatment period following an injury event and then living with Spinal Cord Injury thereafter can be considerable and vary greatly due to the severity of injury. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center shows the following as updated in 2011:

Persons with tetraplegia have sustained injuries to one of the eight cervical segments of the spinal cord; those with paraplegia have lesions in the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions of the spinal cord.

Average Yearly Expenses

Severity of Injury

First Year

Each Subsequent Year

High Tetraplegia (C1-C4)



Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8)






Incomplete motor function at any level



: days hospitalized in the acute care medical/surgical unit

36: days in the rehabilitation unit

87.1: percentage of all spinal cord injured individuals discharged from hospitals to private homes.

6.5: percentage who are discharged to nursing homes.

Estimated Lifetime Costs by Age of Injury

Severity of Injury

25 Years Old

50 Years Old

High Tetraplegia (C1-C4)



Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8)






Incomplete motor function at any level



These costs are only part of the picture. Other damages to replace lost earnings, for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life are recoverable. It is critical that these costs of care be shouldered by those responsible and not by you, your loved one, your family or the medical safety net of the state. Protect your rights and let us work for you to recover all available damages.

Contact The Law Office Of Kenneth G. Miller

Begin by scheduling a free initial consultation. Contact my office in Lafayette at 337-289-1300 or 800-521-3849.

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Kenneth G. Miller

111 Mercury Street
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Lafayette, LA 70503

Phone: 337-289-1300
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Fax: 337-289-1302
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