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Damages in SCI Cases

It goes without saying that the nature of spinal cord injury is such that the amount of damages that may be recovered against a party responsible for causing such injury is substantial. The average out-of-pocket cost of coping with a spinal cord injury in the first year can be as high as $741,000 for the most severe injuries. For each year after that, the average cost is approximately $132,000. The figures below do not include any indirect damages such as lost in wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish, which average about $60,000 a year. All of these damages continue throughout the life of a victim.

Average Yearly Expenses (in dollars)
Severity of Injury First Year SubsequentYears
High Tetraplegia (C1-C4) $741,425 $132,807
Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8) $478,782 $54,400
Paraplegia $270,913 $27,568
Incomplete Motor Function at any Level $218,504 $15,313
Estimated Lifetime Costs by Age at Injury
Severity of Injury 25 years old 50 years old
High Tetraplegia (C1-C4) $2,924,513 $1,721,677
Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8) $1,653,607 $1,047,189
Paraplegia $977,142 $666,473
Incomplete Motor Function at any Level $651,827 $472,392