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Paralysis Personal Injury Lawsuits

March 1, 2022Personal Injury

If you are facing any type of paralysis following a personal injury accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to file a lawsuit for compensation. In addition to the physical repercussions, the resulting financial costs can be devastating. If you decide to hold the at-fault party accountable, any settlement offer from the insurance company will not automatically include long-term costs. As a result, it is critical to have an attorney evaluate your case and determine its value before you accept it. 

How an Attorney Can Help

Since paralysis can result in significant financial losses, a personal injury attorney will often consult experts when determining the amount of compensation you need to cover future expenses. For example, a medical expert who understands the severity of your injury and the long-term impact on your daily life, or a forensic accountant who can calculate the expected lifetime costs associated with your type of paralysis. To get a more accurate estimate, your attorney will also help you gather the following information and documentation, such as: 

  • Copies of medical records and bills.
  • Pay stubs and tax returns to prove your income before the accident.
  • Your age and life expectancy before the accident.
  • Any bonuses or raises you were expecting.
  • The field or industry in which you work and potential career progression and promotions you would have achieved had you not been injured.
  • The number of years you would have worked had you not suffered paralysis.
  • The amount of pain and suffering you have experienced and will continue to in the future (keeping a journal of your daily pain and limitations can assist in proving pain and suffering)
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium or companionship 
  • Any evidence of property damage 
  • Receipts for out-of-pocket expenses

After considering all of the evidence, your attorney will carefully draft a demand letter to send to the insurance company. This letter will detail the accident, your injury, the damages suffered, and the amount of compensation you demand to resolve the claim. Once the insurer receives this letter, back and forth negotiations will often begin. Your attorney will handle all communication with the at-fault party’s insurance company to ensure you are treated fairly and obtain the compensation you need and deserve. If the insurer refuses to settle for a fair amount, your attorney will help you file a personal injury lawsuit if necessary. 

The Financial Impact of Paralysis

The table below demonstrates the financial impact a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis can have in the first year, each year after, and the lifetime costs based on the type you have. 

Injury Severity Average Yearly Expenses 

First Year

Average Yearly Expenses

Each Subsequent Year

Lifetime Costs

25 Years Old

Lifetime Costs

50 Years Old

High Tetraplegia (C1-C4) AIS ABC $1,163,425 $202,032 $5,162,152 $2,837,031
Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8) $840,676 $123,938 $3,771,791 $2,319,988
Paraplegia AIS ABC $567,011 $75,112 $2,524,270 $1,656,602
Motor functional at Any Level AIS D $379,698 $46,119 $1,724,594 $1,217,266

The NSCISC provided these figures in 2021 based on information collected since 2015. They are estimates of medical care and living expenses for a spinal cord injury victim. They do not reflect any additional injury-related financial losses, such as lost income, employee benefits, and productivity. According to the NSCISC, these other costs can add up to more than $78,000 per year on average.

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