Spinal cord injuries are one type of injury that commonly affects people involved in truck accidents. Injury lawyers see many cases where people have suffered severe spinal damage in these accidents that are caused by sudden impact during the accident.
Worse yet, injury attorneys know that you face both the financial burden of extensive medical treatment from a spinal injury sustained in a big rig accident as well as the additional and ongoing costs that may continue to affect you. As today’s injury claim attorneys are well aware, damage to your spine can permanently affect your life.
Spinal Injuries and Truck Accidents
Nationwide, as many as 500,000 truck accidents occur every year with more than 16,000 of these wrecks occurring in Texas alone. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), up to 500,000 people around the world suffer a potentially life-threatening spinal cord injury or SCI every year.1 Based on statistical studies of all SCIs, 38% are sustained in traffic accidents that include big rig crashes.2 This is the most prevalent cause of SCI today.
Financial Costs and SCIs
Injury claim lawyers know that a spinal trauma can be costly to treat. Depending on the severity of the injury, you could face medical care expenses that range from tens of thousands of dollars for a less serious condition to upwards of one million dollars for a severe, life-altering injury.
To handle all that is involved in such an injury claim, you will need the assistance of injury attorneys. They will work diligently to obtain a suitable settlement that covers all your medical care and any ongoing treatment you may need.
The Other Costs of SCIs
Unfortunately, injury claim attorneys also know that SCIs sustained in truck accidents can cost a person more than money alone. Some SCIs can result in neurological conditions and paralysis, which can lead to other medical problems. All of this can leave you having to deal with other associated costs, including the following:
- Loss of Mobility - SCIs are one of the leading causes of paralysis that results in paraplegia and quadriplegia. You could be dependent on a wheelchair, walker, ventilator, or other devices for these conditions. They can also cause ongoing problems like sores, pulmonary issues, circulatory problems, pneumonia, and other complications.
- Loss of Independence - Besides the potential for ongoing medical complications, injury lawyers recognize these conditions mean a loss of independence and a reliance on others for your care. In-home care is financially costly, emotionally draining on you and your family, and devastating to your ability to earn a living. Additionally, injury claim lawyers report that you may incur the expense of modifying your home to make it handicap-accessible.
- Loss of Life Quality - Most significantly, injury attorneys know that an SCI can take away your quality of life. It can cause you to suffer from depression and other emotional issues. It can affect your marriage and dependents relationships as well as friendships. An SCI can result in PTSD and anxiety disorders as well as other mental problems.
Injury lawyers have learned first-hand that when you suffer serious damage to your spine due to truck accidents, the cost of your medical care is actually the least of your concerns. You could lose many more valuable things, including your ability to care for yourself and your family, hold a job, and lead a normal, happy life. While there is no dollar amount that can replace any of this, injury claim attorneys will fight to ensure that you and your family receive suitable compensation to cover your expenses and make the future just a little easier!
Hildebrand & Wilson, Attorneys at Law
7930 Broadway, Suite 122
Pearland TX 77581
1World Health Organization - Media Centre - Spinal Cord Injury, November 2013
2Spinal Cord Injury - SCI-INFO-Pages - Facts & Statistics 2019 - 2015