ROCHESTER, N.Y. – If you’ve ever been injured, you understand the pain and the costs associated with it. From hospitalizations to lost work to recovery costs, injuries are expensive. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now estimate that injuries cost the nation $671 billion in 2013.
The CDC study released this week examined both fatal and non-fatal injuries; determining more than 3 million people are hospitalized, 27 million are treated and released at emergency rooms, and more than 192,000 people die as the result of accidental injuries and violence-related injuries.
“Injuries cost Americans far too much money, suffering, and preventable death,” CDC director Tom Frieden said in a statement. “The doubling of deaths by drug poisoning, including prescription drug overdose and heroin, is particularly alarming.”
Prescription drug overdoses and other drug poisonings accounted for 27 percent of the costs associated with fatal injuries, ahead of transportation-related deaths (23 percent) and gun-related deaths (22 percent).
Falls (37 percent) and transportation-related injuries (21 percent) tallied the most costs associated with non-fatal injuries.
Rochester personal injury lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say the costs can be staggering for anyone who has been wrongfully injured.
“When you crunch the numbers, the average injury can cost someone well over $20,000 in Rochester,” personal injury attorney Ross Cellino said. “Some injury victims are not only paying that cost out of their own pockets, they may have to live with that physical pain for a long time.”
Cellino, a partner at Cellino & Barnes, represents victims of accidents, negligence and wrongful death. The firm boasts impressive results, earning more than $1.5 billion in settlements and verdicts for injured clients.
“When someone files a claim for their injuries, they could get significant compensation and we try to maximize those results because we understand how much of a burden an injury can be,” Cellino said. “Our personal injury lawyers are trial-tested and we’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the best possible results for our clients.”
More than $289 billion were spent on injury-related hospitalizations, according to the CDC. Those who were treated and released racked-up a bill of over $167 billion, most of which were the result of falls and transportation-related injuries.
Doctors and researchers with the CDC said their research underscores the need for effective injury prevention and urged communities to increase their efforts to prevent injuries, violence and implement programs that would minimize the costs associated with them.