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The impact of spinal cord injuries on victims and families


Motorcycle accidents can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. One way is through spinal cord injuries that can be suffered by motorcycle accident victims. It has been reported that 38 percent of spinal cord injuries can be attributed to motor vehicles accidents. It has been estimated that 12,500 new spinal cord injuries occur each year in the United States. Additionally, it is also estimated that between 240,000 to 337,000 victims of spinal cord injuries are currently living with their injuries in the U.S.

Victims of spinal cord injuries are commonly discharged either to private homes or nursing homes. Either circumstance can be costly financially and emotionally for victims and their families and can take a heavy toll on the family's time and resources. Initial hospitalization for a spinal cord injury can cost $140,000 and the first year expenses for a spinal cord injury, on average, are $198,000. Because the impact of a spinal cord injury can last a lifetime, victims of spinal cord injuries may face significant physical, financial and emotional damages.

When the victim of a spinal cord injury has been negligently harmed, such as by a negligent driver in a motorcycle or car accident, they may be able to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. Damages can include medical expenses, future medical care costs, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages. Depending on the circumstances, a variety of damages may be available to help victims and their families through the personal injury process.

Spinal cord injuries can be catastrophic for victims and their families. The legal process recognizes this unfortunate and unpleasant reality and seeks to provide resources and options to help victims through the challenges and uncertain future they may face following a spinal cord injury.

Source: sci-info-pages.com," Spinal Cord Injury Facts & Statistics," Accessed May 30, 2016

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