How Extensive Are Medical Costs for Catastrophic Injuries?
Lifetime medical care for catastrophic injuries can cost millions of dollars. Obtaining a St. Louis personal injury law firm for catastrophic injury is vital for recovering adequate compensation.
The United States Code (USC) classifies a catastrophic injury as one that permanently prevents an individual from performing any gainful work. Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) are two of the most devastating types of catastrophic injuries. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) estimates the following healthcare costs for individuals with SCI:
- Yearly averages between $15,000 and $30,000
- Estimated lifetime costs ranging from $500,000 to more than $3 million, depending on injury severity
According to a Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services report, the direct medical costs of TBI in Missouri are approximately $67 million a year. When you include the indirect costs of lost production, the financial burden rises to $769 million annually. Both on a national, state and individual level, TBI creates a tremendous economic burden. Similar to SCI, lifetime care costs for someone with severe TBI can reach $4 million. Costs for care vary greatly depending on the extent of injury, how long the individual lives and the disabilities resulting from the injury.
A St. Louis personal injury law firm can help you estimate costs for medical care, lost wages and lost future income along with pain and suffering and other non-economic damages.
At the Law Office of John S. Wallach, P.C. our attorneys offer a free consultation to discuss your injury and you owe no fees unless we recover on your behalf through verdict or settlement.