What are the Financial Implications of Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a condition that oftentimes results due to a baby injury that occurs during the delivery process. In some cases, it is medical negligence that leads to this injury happening. Whatever the cost may be, the fact remains that parents will end up having to pay a lot in medical expenses to take care of the needs of the child. Cerebral palsy is a condition that never really improves, as it is the result of a brain injury and brain injuries never actually heal.

Cerebral Palsy and Treatments

Because the injury itself never really heals, cerebral palsy treatment center on offering some relief from the worst symptoms of the disorder. The most pronounced symptoms of cerebral palsy are felt in the muscular system. They include tremors, uneven muscle tone and difficulty performing very detailed tasks. In general, the more delicate the muscle movements required the more difficult those movements will be for a person with cerebral palsy.

When someone has this disorder, they generally need assistance with walking. In some cases, they may be able to walk on their own with the use of braces and after having undergone physical therapy to teach them how to use their muscles more effectively. However, it is not uncommon for people with CP to end up being dependent upon a wheelchair for their entire lives. In very severe cases of the disorder, they may need someone to attend to them at all times and this can be a very expensive proposition.

There are sometimes other problems that go along with cerebral palsy. For example, people with CP oftentimes have trouble hearing and use hearing aids to make sure that they can communicate effectively. However, hearing aids can be very expensive devices and purchasing them for their children is sometimes out of the realistic range of some parents.

When medical negligence is the cause of cerebral palsy, parents oftentimes opt to file a lawsuit to recover damages that may help them pay for the medical expenses associated with caring for their children. If you believe that medical negligence did play a role in your child’s condition, cerebral palsy, contact an attorney and asked them if you can schedule a consultation. The consultation is usually a free service and, if the attorney believes that you do have a case, they may take you on a contingency agreement, which means that you don’t have to pay them any fees upfront.

 

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