A spinal cord injury is a serious condition that may have life-long implications. When an injury will impact you for the rest of your life, it is well worth looking into making a claim against the person who harmed you.
Understanding how much your case is worth is one of the first things you may ask about, but it’s not always easy to know. Depending on different factors, your case could be worth thousands of dollars, hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even millions.
Consider the lifetime costs you could face as a victim of a spinal injury
One of the first things that will need to be considered is just how much your injury is going to cost over time. The total costs expected for a 25-year-old patient suffering from paraplegia is around 2.5 million dollars over the course of their lifetime. Those with any level of spinal cord injury dysfunction, even minor motor function issues, may spend upwards of $1.7 million throughout their lives.
There are other factors to consider, too. You should also think about the cost of:
- Lost wages from being unable to work
- Medical care
- In-home help
- Medical devices
…and other factors that may influence how much you and your family have lost financially as a result of this injury.
Can you expect to win millions for your case?
It’s better not to go into a claim or lawsuit with expectations. Instead, you should speak with your attorney about factors that may influence your case and discuss what a fair payout range may be. Many insurance companies that cover losses suffered by victims have limits, so your claim may be limited to a specific amount as well. If that’s not enough to cover your losses, there may be a potential to take the at-fault party to court with a personal injury claim, so you can seek further compensation from them to cover your needs.
Remember that every spinal cord injury case is different. It’s impossible to give you an exact estimate of what you should receive, but with the right documentation and support, your attorney can help you fight for a fair payout.