Spinal Cord Injury & Paralysis
The statistics are sobering.
Each year, approximately 8,000 to 12,000 individuals suffer complete or incomplete injuries of the spine – injuries that lead to paraplegia, quadriplegia and sometimes even death. These injuries are often caused by motor vehicle accidents (42%), slip and falls (27%), acts of violence (15%) and sports related accidents (7%).
That such injuries can cause the most severe kind of physical and emotional suffering for the victim and his or her family is clear. What is not so obvious is the tremendous financial burden that will now need to be addressed. For example, a partially paralyzed individual may incur more than $100,000 in the first year after being injured, while for someone who suffers complete paralysis, that figure may jump to $400,000 in the first year alone.
Unfortunately, the need for care does not end after that first year. Among the expenses to be incurred are those for or involving:
• Caregivers at home
• Counseling and psychiatric care
• Expenses not covered by health insurance
• Travel expenses for medical care
• Support services for the family
• Funeral costs
• Medical care throughout the person’s life
Coupled with this wide array of costs is the fact that the individual will probably suffer lost wages as a result of not being able to work as he or she had before. And even disability income will, in most cases, not likely replace lost income.
It is for all these reasons that individuals who suffer a spinal cord injury or paralysis due to the fault or negligence of another should, after first seeking the appropriate medical care, contact an attorney who understands the nature of spinal cord injuries and has a proven track record in helping individuals receive the compensation the compensation they need and deserve.
The attorneys of Cappuccio and Zaorski are just those kinds of attorneys, combining a high level of legal acumen and compassionate understanding for the individual into zealous representation. We will do everything we can to get you the financial support you need and the compensation you deserve.