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The following statistics are according to the University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Average yearly expenses can range from $228,566 to $775,567 in the first year depending on the severity of the injury.
  • Estimated lifetime costs due to spinal cord injury (SCI)  can range from $681,843 to over $3 million for a 25 year old. The cost of the injury
  • 87.9% of all SCI individuals are discharged from hospitals to private homes.
  • Length of initial hospitalization following injury in acute care units - 15 days.
  • Average stay in rehabilitation unit - 36 days.
  • 42.6% of SCI individuals are considered paraplegic (losses of movement and sensation in the lower body) and 56.4% quadriplegic (losses of movement and sensation in both the arms and legs).
  • Percentage of SCI individuals covered by private health insurance at time of injury - 52%. Note: Even with health insurance, most insurance companies are not longer paying for durable medical equipment.
  • If unable to return to work, SCI individuals are ineligible for state assistance.
  • A manual wheelchair for paraplegics averages $5,000 and a power wheelchair for a quadraplegic averages $25,000.
  • It is not uncommon for SCI individuals to wait 2-4 years for equipment assistance from other agencies.