The treatment of cerebral palsy can be very expensive and oftentimes has to be continued throughout the affected individual’s life. This means that the parents of children who suffer from this disorder face very high medical costs. This is the reason that many of them decide to move forward with a cerebral palsy lawsuit. Once you understand what these parents face, you’ll understand why they oftentimes choose a legal remedy.
Physical and Cognitive Therapies
These are two of the most expensive types of treatment that the parents of children with CP have to get for their kids. Cerebral palsy is well-known for its devastating effects on the muscles and on muscle control. To help alleviate this, some parents opt to provide their children with physical therapy, which is very expensive.
Many CP sufferers have significant learning disabilities, as well. This means that they oftentimes need extra attention from tutors or that they need education that’s specialized for their needs. This, of course, is also very expensive.
Oftentimes, people with CP require the assistance of part- or full-time caregivers. This can cost a lot of money. The other option is usually for a parent to stay home and take care of the child themselves, which can also be very expensive due to that same parent not being able to provide a source of income for the family.
Specialized Medical Procedures
When CP is first diagnosed, doctors will usually want to perform a lot of tests and scans. This can get very expensive and may well be far too expensive for some parents to pay for.
Hearing aids, walkers, wheelchairs and the other assistive devices that CP sufferers oftentimes require are all very expensive. Generally, the more severe the CP the more sophisticated and expensive the assistive devices the child will require.
If you have reason to believe that medical negligence played a part in your child’s brain injury, you should talk to a lawyer with experience in these cases. They can oftentimes work with you on a contingency. This means that your initial consultation is free and that you don’t pay unless they win your claim. For parents who are already facing financial hardships due to high medical costs, this is a great way to seek compensation without having to foot the bill beforehand and risk losing the money paid to an attorney.