Economic costs associated with raising a child with CP.
Cerebral palsy is a developmental disorder which occurs when a child’s brain suffers an injury during pregnancy or shortly after birth. It’s said that a very large number of cerebral palsy cases occur due to negligence on the part of a healthcare professional. Unfortunately, most families are unaware of the role that medical malpractice plays in these type of cases.
While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, there are several things which can be done in order to give your child the best chance at a happy, successful, and full life. Your child can greatly benefit from certain surgical procedures, occupational therapy, and emotional as well as psychosocial support. All this, however, doesn’t come cheap.
Cerebral palsy is estimated by some to cost more than $1.17 million per child when it comes to seeking a lifetime of treatment and rehabilitation. This number was determined by taking the value published by the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report in January 2004, and adjusting for inflation. However, the reality is that children born with cerebral palsy are hit with indirect costs every day of their life such as impromptu doctor’s visits, insurance, a special diet, recommended physical therapy, etc. All these costs can put inordinate financial strain on the average American family who were most likely not prepared for such an expense.
If a doctor or medical professional’s negligence caused your child’s injury, why should the financial burden be put on your family? We believe it shouldn’t, and our law firm is committed to helping these families seek the financial compensation they deserve and desperately need.
Here’s a breakdown of where the money goes with regard to cerebral palsy financial costs:
- Direct medical costs – 9.2%
- Direct non-medical costs – 10.2%
- Indirect costs – 80.6%
Government assistance may not cover your financial expenses.
The government provides assistance in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance. This amount takes into account things like health insurance, shelter, food, and clothing. At the same time, individuals who are over the age of 21 may qualify for Supplemental Security Income which provides them with a small amount of money to take pay for their basic needs. While this assistance is indispensable to many families with developmental disabilities, it likely wont cover all related expenses.
Our law firm may be able to help.
While the idea of hiring a lawyer may not have even occurred to you at this point, it is something you really need to consider before too much time has passed.
Raising a child with cerebral palsy has its twists and turns and may leave you and your family financially drained. If your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice, you need to hold the people responsible for your child’s condition financially accountable. Please get in touch with the birth injury lawyers at Rasansky Law Firm today at 1-877-405-4313 for your free consultation. If we decide to take on your case, we’ll do so under a contingency fee agreement. This way, if we’re not successful at recovering compensation for your child, you owe us nothing. Call today – we look forward to your call.