While the cost of raising a child with cerebral palsy is not the first thing on a parent’s mind, it is something that families do need to fully grasp.
Raising a child with cerebral palsy can put a large financial burden on your family as a whole. Oftentimes families may be able to recover this needed compensation through a birth injury lawsuit, but if your child’s CP was not determined to be as the result of medical malpractice, much of the cost may fall to you and your family. While this burden may be significant, it is not necessarily insurmountable.
A Lifelong Condition
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that often requires constant monitoring as well as extensive physical therapy and adjustments. This can include ongoing physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, leg and arm braces, wheelchairs, additional assistive devices, accessibility renovations, medication, and even assistive care. This treatment is often expected to last well into adulthood, and can cost upwards of a million dollars. The CDC estimated the lifetime cost to be roughly $1M back in 2003. Adjusted for inflation, that comes to about $1.3M today. This amount also does not include such expenses as emergency room visits, lost wages of family member caretakers, pain and suffering, psychosocial effects, etc.
The costs are broken down as follows:
- Indirect costs – 80.6%
- Direct medical costs – 10.2%
- Direct non-medical costs – 9.2%
The expected costs will vary depending on the severity of the condition. Needless to say, this is a lot of money for the average American family to shell out.
Given the fact that cerebral palsy is a developmental condition most-often caused by a medical professional’s negligence during pregnancy, during birth or shortly after delivery, it’s important to determine if medical negligence played a role in the development of your child’s cerebral palsy. You and your family deserve to get all the financial support you need from the individuals who’s actions led to the condition.
There are several resources available to families in need, including:
- Health Insurance
- Charity Organizations
- Government Programs
- Community-Based Organizations
Recovering Money Through a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
If medical malpractice appears to be the cause of your child’s CP, you and your lawyer may file a claim or lawsuit on your child’s behalf. If you win your lawsuit, you’ll be entitled to damages in the form of a lump sum cash award. This amount will be put in a fund and will go toward paying for any treatments, therapies and surgeries the child might need – as well as compensate him or her for any emotional pain and reduction of quality of life they may face presently and in the future.
These lawsuits are not generally easy, and often require the testimony of a medical professional and life care planner. By hiring a good cerebral palsy attorney who takes cases on contingency (no win, no pay), you may be able to start your case without risking any of your own money.
Its important to understand the importance of acting quickly with regard to a cerebral palsy lawsuit. If you wait too long to file a lawsuit, your claim may be barred by something called a statute of limitations. This is basically a legal concept which requires you to file a medical malpractice case within a certain period of time of the injury (or when you are made aware of the injury). If you wait too long, you can lose your opportunity to sue.
Do You Feel That You May Have a Potential Lawsuit?
To find out if your child is eligible to recover money through a lawsuit, please contact Rasansky Law Firm for a free consultation today at 1-855-833-3707.