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The enormous costs of spinal cord injuries on the economy

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most expensive to treat. Also, because people who suffer from them are sometimes disabled to the point that they can no longer hold down their regular jobs, these injuries represent an enormous burden on the Canadian economy. This article will discuss the extent of that economic burden from a societal perspective as revealed in a recent study.

The study utilized available resources and cost information regarding paraplegia and tetraplegia in order to estimate the annual impact of disabling spinal cord injuries. The study found that per individual with incomplete paraplegia, there is an average lifetime economic impact of $1.5 million. As for individuals with complete tetraplegia, there is an economic burden of $3 million. The study looked at a total of 1,389 people with spinal cord injuries who survived their time in the hospital, and the estimated annual economic burden for these instances was $2.67 billion.

The study concluded that the annual impact of spinal cord injuries on the Canadian economy is substantial. Furthermore, the particular individuals affected by these conditions clearly is not able to afford the associated costs on his or her own. Assistance is required in most cases for these individuals to be able to foot the bill.

This is how a personal injury claim could help individuals with spinal cord injuries -- if those injuries were the result of another person's negligence, recklessness or wrongful behavior, such as in a motor vehicle accident. By pursuing spinal cord injury claims against an at-fault party, Canada residents are just in seeking a way to make the financial aspects of their injuries easier to cope with. Furthermore, they will be sending a deterring message to negligent parties and the population as a whole by showing them that reckless, negligent and wrongful behavior will not be tolerated.

Source: Linley Welwood LLP, "Spinal Cord Injuries," accessed July 21, 2016

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