A cerebral palsy diagnosis might be hard to accept. And if you do not know what to expect, it can be scary. Throughout your pregnancy, you likely advocated for your healthcare needs, and those of your baby. Yet, even after the healthiest pregnancy, it is possible to suffer from problems caused by a doctor’s negligence.
Cerebral palsy is one of the most common birth injuries in the United States. However, you might consider exercising your options if your medical provider failed to diagnose an infection during your pregnancy or if there were complications during birth, which led to a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain (asphyxia). If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you might want to think about what his or her future entails as you consider holding your doctor accountable.
What your child might need
As a parent, you probably want to do the best you can for your child. But a cerebral palsy diagnosis can leave you feeling helpless. However, getting the information you need to help your child is vital.
Treatments and accommodations your child might need include:
- Surgical procedures. Depending on the severity of your child’s symptoms, surgery might be necessary to help lengthen contracted muscles or to correct spine curvature.
- Assistive devices. Your child might need casts, splints and braces to help improve his or her movement. Walkers and wheelchairs may also be necessary. Additionally, if your child is nonverbal, they may need computer-based systems to communicate.
- Therapy. There is a strong likelihood that your child will have to work hard to develop strength and balance to gain movement. This might include speech and language, physical, occupational, and recreational therapies.
While the related costs may not be at the top of your mind, the reality is that cerebral palsy requires a lifetime of not only care, but also related expenses.
The costs involved
The therapy and treatments necessary for your child could cost nearly $1 million. Additionally, you may have to make adjustments to your home. You might also suffer financially as you take time off work to care for your child.
A cerebral palsy diagnosis might feel overwhelming. Unfortunately, there is no way to undo the damage. However, you might choose to consider what steps you can take to recover damages to adequately provide for the needs of your child.