Paralysis Can Result in Millions of Dollars of Medical Treatment Costs.

If the spinal cord injury is severe enough, paralysis can result. The extent of the paralysis would depend on the severity and location of the injury. The farther up the injury is on the spinal cord, the greater the extent of paralysis.

  • About six million Americans live with paralysis, according to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which would be about the equivalent of more than half the population of Los Angeles County.
  • About 27% of cases of paralysis are caused by traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries.
  • The foundation states average yearly expenses due to paralysis can range from $228,566 to $775,567 in the first year.
  • Estimated lifetime costs to a 25 year old suffering from paralysis can range from $681,843 to over $3 million.