How is spinal injury compensation calculated? How common are spinal cord injuries in an automobile accident? The fact is that spinal cord injuries are among the most common injuries in car accidents. The severity of the injury depends on the point of impact, whether the individual was wearing a seat belt, and the age of the vehicle's occupants. These factors and many others are crucial to consider when calculating the compensation required to recover from damage to the spinal cord, including the impact the injury has on the individual's lifestyle, health, and ability to work.
Researchers estimate that roughly 17,500 new spinal cord injuries occur every year in the U.S. 81% of those injured are men, and more than 50% are between the ages of 16-30. Of those injuries incurred, 38.4% are the result of automobile accidents. As of 2013, the estimated annual economic cost of these injuries, including treatment and lost wages, exceeded $40.5 billion.
Individuals can recover spinal injury compensation to cover medical expenses including surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and adaptive aides such as wheelchairs, walkers, and customized vehicles.
Spinal cord compensation also includes non-economic damages. These damages arise from loss of limb function, emotional/physical suffering, loss of consortium, and general inconvenience caused by the injury.
Finally, it is essential to calculate long-term economic damages when pursuing spinal cord compensation. Spinal cord injuries can significantly impact an individual's ability to work. Of those who are injured, 58.3% were working at the time. However, at one year following injury, less than 13% of injury survivors are able to work. At the second year post-injury, this rate rises to 27.6%, and it peaks at 34% at year 20. Calculating these damages takes into account lost wages during the recovery period, as well as any diminished income upon returning to work. This may also include compensation to cover educational expenses to train an individual in a new career if they are no longer able to work in their chosen field.
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