Cerebral palsy is a condition affecting body movements and posture. It causes uncontrollable muscle tightness and reflexive body movements that affect some or all of the body, depending on its severity. The symptoms can range broadly, from mild to severe. People who develop cerebral palsy can also suffer co-occurring conditions that affect their intellectual development, including autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Frequently, the cause of cerebral palsy (CP) is a baby’s brain being deprived of oxygen during labor or childbirth. Sometimes the cause of this is unknown, but in about 10 percent of cases, it occurs due to medical mistakes or negligence. The impact that cerebral palsy has on an individual physically is significant, as is the financial burden of paying for expenses that are related to the condition, which is lifelong.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that the expenses for a lifetime of treatment and care for someone with cerebral palsy exceed $1.3 million. This is an overwhelming amount, and most parents and caregivers of children with CP simply cannot afford it. There are some organizations that offer help to these families, helping to lighten the financial load that is in store for them.
Finding Financial Help for Cerebral Palsy Treatment
If you are a parent or caregiver for a person with cerebral palsy, it’s easy to understand how the cost of treatment and care can limit your loved one’s access to comprehensive and quality care. It’s a troubling situation that shouldn’t have to happen. Fortunately, there are agencies and organizations that can help families financially and otherwise, so that their loved one can receive the care that they deserve.
Parents who take advantage of the help that these organizations offer will feel much more secure about their financial future, and will be able to devote more time to the care of their child.
Some of the sources of financial assistance for families of CP sufferers include:
Many of the organizations and agencies listed above also have information about additional outlets where parents can receive assistance. The services that they offer range from grants to cover expenses, to scholarships, to supplying families with wheelchairs. There is help available, but you have to seek it.
Legal Compensation for Cerebral Palsy Cases
Because some cases of cerebral palsy are caused by medical mistakes or negligence, parents may be able to obtain financial assistance for their child by holding the doctors, hospital, or other medical professionals accountable for their child’s condition.
The best way to determine if your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice is to see an attorney who is knowledgeable about cerebral palsy lawsuits. They will be able to review your child’s medical records and guide you in how to proceed.
Ross Feller Casey is an experienced law firm with an unmatched track record of winning medical malpractice cases involving cerebral palsy. We have doctors on staff to look at medical records and attorneys who will fight for your family.
All of our cases are handled on a contingency basis, so you will not have any charges until you receive a financial award for your case. Contact Ross Feller Casey today and let one of our top cerebral palsy attorneys review your case for free.
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