Thousands of people experience spinal cord injuries in New York and throughout the country each year. The seriousness of these injuries often leaves victims with emotional and physical distress, as well as, a lifetime of medical costs. New York spinal cord injury attorney Nicholas Rose encourages victims to contact an experienced law firm to help get you the compensation you need to look after you and your family in the wake of a spinal cord injury.
The New York Post reports about a former Chinese gymnast who has filed a $1.8 billion lawsuit against Time Warner Inc. and the U.S. Gymnastics Federation for broken promises to take care of her after suffering a spinal cord injury in the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York. The gymnast who is now paralyzed, broke her neck during a warm-up routine on the vault at the games. The suit was filed against the media company and gymnastics organization for failure to carry proper insurance which in essence has caused her condition to deteriorate over the last 13 years according to The Wall Street Journal.
The burden of medical costs has left her without the necessary treatments and has caused the gymnast’s condition to worsen over time.
Motor vehicle accidents (42 percent of cases) are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Falls (26.7 percent) and violence (15 percent) are other leading causes of the devastating injury.
Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injury cases occur each year, which doesn’t include the number of people who die on the way to the hospital. It is estimated that over a quarter of a million people are living with a spinal cord injury in the U.S. The average age for most injuries is 40 years old. Men are most often the victims.
The emotional stress of a spinal cord injury can not only stem from learning to adapt to the change in lifestyle but also from the financial burden suffered for the rest of your life. Paraplegics and quadriplegics need constant medical attention.
The following are statistics related to medical expenses for a spinal cord injury:
-Average inpatient rehabilitation stay is approximately 37 days.
-Medical costs include initial hospital stay, rehab, and continued medical care by a caregiver.
-The most severe spinal cord injury, tetraplegia, is estimated to cost $800,000 in the first year. If the injury is suffered at age 25, medical costs add up to over $3 million in their lifetime.
-Someone age 50 can sustain medical cost of almost $2 million.
-52 percent of individuals suffering from a spinal cord injury are covered by private health insurance.
-63 percent of spinal cord injury victims are unemployed within 8 years of sustaining the injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a spinal cord injury at work or in a New York City car accident, contact the Law Offices of Nicholas Rose for immediate assistance. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers will fight aggressively to protect your rights and get you the compensation you need. Call for a free consultation at 1-877-313-ROSE(7673).