Most people do not know much about cerebral palsy. But it is a devastating condition where a birth injury causes brain damage that leads to lifelong impairment. Not only does cerebral palsy lead to life of physical pain as well as emotional difficulties for the victim and the family, but adds several financial burdens.
One of the biggest characteristics of cerebral palsy is how it impairs muscle coordination. If you have a child affected by cerebral palsy then you will have to pay for several doctors appointments. Additionally, your child might need to see certain specialists, such as a physical therapist or speech therapist, which is significantly more expensive than a regular doctor visit. With this comes testing, medication, and other treatment-related costs that medical insurance alone won’t cover.
It is common for children with cerebral palsy to need the aid of custom crutches or a motorized wheelchair, which are both pricey compared to their standard counterparts. And this is not a one-time expense. If your child uses a wheelchair, for example, you will also need a larger vehicle with a wheelchair lift for transportation, and you may need to make major renovations in your house for it to be wheelchair accessible, such as installing a residential elevator. All of these are things to consider when filing a medical malpractice lawsuit for cerebral palsy.
Another tragic fact of cerebral palsy is that it can impair simple functions like speech or eating. Chances are, your loved one with cerebral palsy might need a full time caretaker. Also, a child with cerebral palsy will likely need different arrangements for their schooling, like a tutor or a special education program. On top of all of these expenses, many people overlook the fact that a person who has cerebral palsy will not be able to earn as much as an adult as they would have had it not been for the negligence that caused their condition. There is no doubt that the financial burdens of cerebral palsy is reason enough to talk to a lawyer today.
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