Trauma to the spinal cord is one of the most catastrophic injuries you can sustain in a car accident. It can lead to lifelong problems like paralysis or pose potentially severe complications requiring substantial care and rehabilitation.
Since Kentucky is a no-fault accident state, you may expect that your insurer will provide fair financial compensation for your harm. Accounting for possible SCI treatments like those below can help to ensure you receive the restitution you need and deserve.
Many SCI patients must undergo surgery to stabilize the spine, remove bone or damaged tissue or relieve compression on the spinal cord. The costs of spinal surgery can soar into the hundreds of thousands in many cases.
Intensive care unit (ICU) stay
The average cost of a typical hospital stay in Kentucky is $11,106. Since many accident victims with severe SCIs require time in the ICU for proper monitoring and treatment, you can expect these costs to increase.
Spinal cord damage cannot be reversed, but rehabilitation can improve your health, mobility and quality of life. As you might imagine, rehabilitation can lead to extensive costs, especially if you need it on a long-term basis.
Many SCI patients require ongoing long-term care, such as assistance with daily activities, medication management and daily therapies. Long-term care can cost thousands per day in a home or facility-based setting.
SCI patients may require a variety of medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, braces and assistive devices. The costs of such equipment may range from a few hundred dollars to many thousands.
As you can see, your accident and injury claim can play a critical role in your ability to obtain and pay for the care you need. With so much at stake, consider getting legal guidance when filing your accident claim.