Personal Injury Attorney in Baltimore: Spinal Cord Injury and Secondary IssuesAugust 23, 2012
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is often the result of serious automobile, truck, and motorcycle accidents. Such injuries can cause paraplegia and quadriplegia. The costs associated with disability caused by SCI are often far beyond the financial resources of the average person. Our law firm focuses on fighting for appropriate resources to allow injured clients to regain financial independence and maintain self-respect as they face challenges they never imagined.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports people with disabilities are more likely to suffer poor health and have less access to important medical resources. But beyond injuries suffered, SCI patients face secondary physical concerns as they struggle to regain quality of life. Some of those issues include:
- Pressure sores
- Pneumonia and other pulmonary disorders
- Blood clots
- Autonomic dysreflexia
- Depression and mental illness
- Bowel management
- Urinary tract infections
- Weight management problems
Managing these issues means adequate long-term access to quality preventative and acute medical care. Our office uses a team approach to meet the needs of clients suffering catastrophic injury. By engaging life planning and other specialists, we realistically estimate dollars needed to support patient well-being. In 2007, the CDC estimated the annual cost of care alone for a patient suffering SCI was between $15,000 and $30,000, with a lifetime cost of $500,000 to more than $3,000,000, depending on the severity of the injury.