A previous post here discussed a recent car accident in Florida that left a young woman paralyzed from the neck down. The woman suffered spinal cord injuries to her upper vertebrae. Injuries to the upper part of the spine are typically the most severe, and most costly, of all spinal cord injuries. These sorts of injuries, which can lead to the complete paralysis of all parts of the body below the neck, constitute 14% of all spinal cord injuries.

These types of injuries typically cost over $1 million to treat in the first year alone. Thereafter, ongoing medical and rehabilitation costs run about $185,000 a year. For a 25-year-old who suffers this type of injury, the overall cost for treatment, rehabilitation and just living with paralysis approaches $4.75 million.

It is important to bear in mind, however, that these numbers do not include things like lost wages and lost earning potential. Moreover, the non-economic cost of this injury, such as the emotional and psychological drain these injuries put on victims and their families, are not accounted for.

While the woman who was in the recent accident obviously has a long, and expensive, journey ahead of her, even less severe spinal cord injuries are very expensive. The cost of medical and ongoing care for someone who loses any mobility because of a spinal cord injury will typically top $1 million and may exceed $1.5 million. Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of spinal cord injuries. If a resident of Coral Springs or another part of South Florida suffers a spinal cord injury at the hands of a negligent driver, the victim may be entitled to receive compensation from the negligent driver.