The cost of caring for an individual with a spinal cord injury varies. To get a full breakdown of the expected costs your lawyer can hire a life care planner. This cost between $5,000.00 and $10,000.00 to get an opinion in writing. Testimony from the life care planner will be an additional expense. This process is usually reserved for persons with serious spinal cord injury cases. A personal injury lawyer is the type of lawyer that works on a spinal cord injury case.