There is little more disorienting than navigating complicated costs during a catastrophic recovery after a car accident. Spinal cord injuries, both mild and severe, risk big changes to your normal routine. From nerve damage to full paralysis, SCIs are serious enough to know about them beforehand.
When you understand your injury, you also know what you may expect in the future.
Incomplete and complete SCIs
As Disabled World defines, a complete SCI refers to any injury where you experience full paralysis below the lesion. Incomplete SCIs show only partial paralysis, though that does not necessarily mean they are less severe.
Severity up and down the spinal cord
You have three major sections along your spinal column: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. Cervical is the highest up and damage to those vertebrae affect the majority of your body. Many SCIs at the cervical involve widespread paralysis known as tetraplegia. Damage to the lumbar vertebrae may result in paraplegia — paralysis from your legs down.
Costs revolving around severity
Physical costs involve nerve damage and paralysis. Emotional costs include anxiety and depression among SCI victims. Financial costs may range between $375,000 and $1.1 million. These costs do not include the new habits and routines you may need to adopt to adjust to life with a long-lasting or permanent disability such as accessibility additions to your home or wheelchair use.
Knowing as much as you can about your SCI is a big part of learning how to handle these hurdles. When facing these costs, it is important to investigate your unique situation and lean on all relevant resources when seeking compensation.