A combination of surgery, therapy, medication and medical equipment can all play roles in helping an individual and/or family cope with living with paralysis. When the injury was caused by the reckless act of another, our Atlanta paralysis attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve to help cover the costs for these services and equipment.
If an individual has suffered paralysis due to the negligence of a person or entity, a legal claim may be pursued as well. A primary aim of litigation would be to secure compensation that will pay for past and future medical costs.
At James M. Poe, P.C., our Atlanta paralysis lawyers have a deep background in handling catastrophic injury cases. We know the steps that need to be taken to fully assess the medical expenses involved with paralysis, including reviewing medical records and consulting with highly qualified medical experts.
To learn how we can put our experience to work for you, please contact us today. Our lawyers assist clients in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. We provide free initial consultations in every case.
Living with Paralysis: Supportive Care and Treatment
There have been many advances in the care and treatment of paralysis. For instance, some of the country’s leading medical centers now conduct nerve reconstruction surgery, which is aimed at restoring function to paralyzed parts of the body.
However, most of the care and treatment that one receives after being paralyzed due to a stroke, spinal cord injury, head injury or disease is focused on living with the condition and learning the available accommodations.
This care and treatment can include:
- Hospitalization in an acute care unit after the injury
- Physical rehabilitation (designed to retrain one in performing daily living activities)
- Manual and electric wheelchairs (including voice- or breath-controlled wheelchairs)
- Orthotics (or braces)
- Ramps or railings for the home
- Specially designed showers
- Modified automobiles
- Muscle relaxants
- Painkilling medications.
Complications can impose significant costs. Bedsores, for example, may become an issue due to constant sitting or being bedridden.
A Breakdown of Paralysis Costs
Ultimately, the costs associated with paralysis will depend on the extent of the impairment. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center provides estimates of these costs, which are updated annually. According to the NSCISC’s latest estimates:
- High tetraplegia, which results from damage to the upper part of the spinal cord (C1-C4 cervical nerves), costs an average of $1,044,197 in the first year and $181, 328 in each subsequent year. These high costs may be driven, in part, by the need for a ventilator or electrical implant for breathing due to the fact that the spinal nerves in the upper part of the neck control the diaphragm.
- Low tetraplegia, which results from damage to the lower part of the spinal cord (C5-C8 cervical nerves), costs an average of $754,524 in the first year and $111,237 in each subsequent year.
- Paraplegia, or paralysis of the lower limbs and, in some cases, parts of the pelvic region, costs an average of $508,904 in the first year and $67,415 in each subsequent year.
- Incomplete motor function at any level costs $340,787 on average during the first year and $41,393 in each year thereafter.
Our Atlanta Paralysis Attorneys Can Help. Call Today
If you or someone close to you has suffered paralysis due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another, the father-and-son legal team of James M. Poe, P.C., can assist you in seeking compensation for medical expenses and all other losses.
Our law firm brings a unique combination of skills and experience to every case we handle for our clients in Atlanta and across Georgia. Above all, we are passionate about protecting our clients’ rights.
Please contact our Atlanta paralysis attorneys by phone or through our online form to receive a free consultation about your case.
• Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance, National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center
• Treatments, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
• Paralysis Treatment, NHS Choices