What Are the Lifetime Costs of a Birth Injury?
A diagnosis of cerebral palsy or any birth injury can be frightening, frustrating, and disheartening – to say the least. In addition to the emotional impact that such a diagnosis will have on you and your family, you will also face a significant financial burden. But what is the true, lifetime cost of a birth injury?
The answer to this question will vary depending on the specific condition and its severity. Some children with minor birth injuries may be able to lead relatively normal lives with little to no medical intervention, other than the immediate treatment required at the time of injury. Others will require care by trained medical professionals for the rest of their lives.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the estimated lifetime cost to care for an individual with cerebral palsy was nearly $1 million, and that was back in 2003. Adjusted for inflation, that number is more likely around $1.3 million today.
With cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, and other serious birth injuries, it is important to remember that there are many different types of costs that you may face when raising your child. This may include:
- Diagnostic tests
- Medical care
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Vision and hearing aids
- Assistive devices
- Adaptive devices
At The Sanders Firm, we take into account the full cost of care for a child with a birth injury. We fight for fair compensation so our clients can build more stable and fulfilling lives for their children, complete with the care that they need – for life. When medical malpractice causes birth injuries, we are there to see that justice is served.
To find out how our Long Island birth injury lawyers can help you, give us a call at (516) 209-2502.