Cost of Care for a Catastrophically Injured Child
Injury is the number one cause of death for children and teenagers in the United States. Catastrophic childhood injuries are one of the hidden public health crises of our time, leading to an annual death toll of about 950,000 young people worldwide.
Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injury are road accidents, drowning, poisoning, burn injuries, and falls. A few others include fractures, joint injuries, muscle injuries, open wounds, and internal organ injuries.
If your child has been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm. We handle a variety of cases, and we’ll be able to address your legal needs. Contact us online or give us a call at 318.487.9537 to schedule a consultation.
The Costs of Injury
When a child is catastrophically injured, the emotional and financial costs can be overwhelming. According to the International Journal of Preventive medicine, the average cost of a childhood unintentional injury can range from $516,938 to as much as $9,550,704 per year. Most families do not have the financial wherewithal to cover costs of this magnitude.
Beyond that, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) offers a set of estimates for the total lifetime costs of a range of spinal injuries. Spinal injuries can cost as much as $1,065,980 for the first year of treatment, working out to a total lifetime cost of about $4,729,788 for an individual who suffers from high tetraplegia at the age of 25. For children, this total lifetime cost will, of course, be much increased.
Costs of injury can be more than most families can manage. That’s why it’s important to seek the help of an injury attorney you can trust.
What to Do if Your Child is Injured
If your child is injured, the first thing to do is to seek medical attention. Minutes can be precious in these situations, so the first priority is to ensure your child’s safety. After that, though, you need to come up with a plan for dealing with the financial realities of the injury. Most of these injuries can be treated, but for many families the costs can be covered only through pursuing legal options.
If the injury occurred as the result of someone else’s negligence, it can be much easier to win a case that will cover the financial costs of injury. With the help of an experienced lawyer, you can get the closure and the financial help you need to move your family through this difficult time.
Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC has been serving the people of Louisiana from its Alexandria office since 1989. We handle a variety of cases, and look forward to addressing your legal needs. For almost three decades, Chris Roy and his firm have been defending and filing claims for individuals hurt in accidents, and we have the knowledge, experience and resources to help you. If you have questions or would like to set up a consultation, contact us online or call us at 318.487.9537.