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Medical bills are just part of the cost of a spinal cord injury

If a truck and a car were to collide outside of Reading, it wouldn't be too surprising if the driver of the car were seriously injured. There really isn't much comparison between semitrailer trucks and cars, which is why it is so important for truckers to pay careful attention to the road and operate their vehicles safely. If they don't, they put drivers at risk of serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries.

Even with insurance, it can be costly for a driver to suffer a spinal cord injury. Because of this, if someone were to be injured in a trucking accident, it may be important to consult with a personal injury lawyer about the possibility of filing a lawsuit. Though many people may think the majority of costs will come from medical bills, they are only a portion of the overall costs associated with spinal cord injuries.

In addition to medical bills, a person living with a spinal cord injury will likely need time off from work. By going on Family and Medical Leave Act leave, an employee is able to take time off of work to recover without risking his or her job. During the leave, however, he or she won't be paid. Moreover, many people with spinal cord injuries are unable to return to work or can no longer work in their original field.

This is not to say that medical costs aren't high, because they are. And it is more than just the cost of a surgeon. Fixed costs, like postoperative care, physical therapy, hospitalization, nursing and imaging are the bulk of the medical costs. The surgeon's cut is typically only 20 percent.

With such high costs associated with spinal cord injuries, it is no wonder that trucking accident victims file personal injury lawsuits.

Source: Becker’s Spine Review, “Deconstructing the Cost of Spine Care: Where Dollars Really Go,” Laura Miller, June 3, 2014

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