Understanding spinal cord injuries involves understanding how these injuries
arise, who is affected based on demographics, how employment relates to
injury rates, and of course an understanding of the costs of spinal cord
injuries needs to be understood as well.
Experienced Newburgh spinal cord injury attorneys see individuals suffering from spinal cord injuries and routinely handle
these types of cases. The effects are truly devastating. The injured person’s
lifestyle changes, family functioning is impacted, and the ability to
earn wages can be completely diminished. One’s lifespan can be greatly
reduced as well.
First and foremost, the majority of
spinal cord injury victims are younger Caucasian males. The plus 270,000 people currently living
with a spinal cord injury will most likely fall into this category. And
therefore, the 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries that occur each
year will fall into this category. We must stress here that over 80% of
these victims will be male.
In terms of race, as stated above Caucasians are most likely to get a spinal
cord injury. The percentage is around 67%. African Americans are the next
likely category of persons likely to receive a spinal cord injury, but
their rate is at around 24%.
The average age of a
spinal cord injury victim is about 42. However, in past decades, the average age was much, much
younger. Since younger people are more likely to suffer a spinal cord
injury, 51% of these victims were single at the time of the spinal cord
injury. If married at the time of the injury, statistics show that these
victims have a slightly lower chance of remaining married as compared
to the general populous.
Of those injured, over 40% will suffer incomplete tetraplegia. Just fewer
than 19% will have incomplete paraplegia. Complete paraplegia will affect
18% of all spinal cord injury victims, and complete tetraplegia will affect
just under 12% of these victims.
Consider the following alarming statistics about employment before and
after a spinal cord injury. 57% of persons with spinal cord injuries were
employed at the time of their injury. Only 11% are employed after one
year of living with a spinal cord injury! As time passes, the employment
raises to about 35% after 20 years passes living with the injury.
As employment rates decline for these victims, their medical cost skyrocket.
Depending on how severe the injury is, the costs range from the mid 300,000s
to over a million dollars for the first year of medical care. Costs decrease
greatly after the first year; however, the severely injured will still
have to pay almost two hundred grand each successive year living with
the injury. Of course as you might imagine, the life expectancy rates for
spinal cord injury victims is greatly reduced.
Learn more about spinal cord injuries
in our blog post available by clicking here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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