Finding out your child has a disability that requires life-long care can be traumatic and frightening for parents. Understanding the disability, the challenges it presents, and the legal options available to you can help you decide what to do after a cerebral palsy diagnosis.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a serious central nervous system disability that can have wide-ranging, adverse effects on a child and will often impact movement and posture, as well as cognitive development. This disease and its treatments can be incredibly costly, as people with this disability often require a number of supportive care services, including special medical care, tailored education and social services, and the use of assistive devices such as braces, walkers, and wheelchairs.
Over a lifetime, these necessary services cost an average of $921,000 per person, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), published in 2003.
Caring for someone with cerebral palsy can be extremely expensive. However, if your child's cerebral palsy was caused by oxygen deprivation during the birth process, you may be eligible to seek compensation for medical malpractice related to a birth injury.
After a Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis
When you're faced with a cerebral palsy diagnosis, take the following steps to help ensure your child is able to receive the appropriate care:
- Find the right pediatrician. Look for a doctor who has experience treating children with cerebral palsy and can develop a treatment plan that meets your needs, as well as address any concerns you may have.
- Hire an attorney. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation for your child's birth injury and work to ensure you receive a fair settlement offer.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you're considering taking legal action in a birth injury case, the skilled personal injury attorneys with the Holton Law Firm can provide the honest, yet aggressive, representation you need. Contact our Memphis law office today to schedule a free initial consultation about your case. You can also request a free copy of our eBook, Answers to Parents' Questions About Birth Injuries, for more information.