These statistics demonstrate the serious nature of spinal cord injuries, but you should also understand them from a basic medical point of view. The NSCISC describes how the neurological level and extent of trauma could lead to complete or incomplete spinal cord injuries. A complete injury means the nerves below the affected area of the spine cannot receive messages from the brain, leading to paralysis downward. Incomplete spinal cord injuries allow some communication, but function is still limited.
These medical consequences can lead to enormous losses for victims of spinal cord injuries. As mentioned, stays in the hospital or rehab center can be extensive; the average costs are up to $2,000 per day in a Georgia hospital, and around $1,600 for rehabilitation facilities. You may qualify to recover damages for these and other losses, such as:
- Surgery, physical therapy, and treatment from medical specialists;
- Costs of medical assistive devices, including wheelchair, crutches, and hospital beds;
- Lost wages, if your spinal cord injuries render you unable to work;
- Lost business opportunities, for victims who cannot return to their normal occupation;
- Pain and suffering;
- Decreased quality of life;
- Emotional distress; and
- Many others.