How High Can Costs Run in Serious Injury Cases?
Author: James McKiernan Lawyers
October 2nd, 2013
When you or a loved one suffers a serious injury, dealing with financial hardship can be challenging. When someone else’s negligence caused the serious injury, injury victims in California usually have grounds to pursue a lawsuit and recover compensation.
Spinal cord injury is a serious injury that can run from $15,000 to $30,000 per year in medical costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The estimated lifetime cost for medical care may total millions of dollars, anywhere from $500,000 to $3 million, based on the severity of the injury. Furthermore, these estimates only address medical costs and do not take into account the costs of lost wages and lost future income. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), lifetime costs of care for someone suffering from a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be as much as $4 million. The average cost for TBI patients for medical and non-medical costs ― home modification, vocational rehabilitation, etc. ― runs around $151,587. One study showed that patients requiring long-term medical care and services, including medical rehabilitation had average costs of $196,460. For individuals who died as a result of TBI, medical costs were even greater, reaching an estimated $454,717 per fatality. Most people cannot deal with this expense unless they receive some kind of compensation.
Santa Maria personal injury lawyers offer a free evaluation to determine whether other parties are liable for your or your loved one’s serious injury.
When grounds exist to pursue a case, our clients at James McKiernan Lawyers can benefit from our expertise. We have over three decades of legal experience and a successful track record of recovering compensation for clients.