If your child has been born with a
birth injury, you must be aware that raising them will be far more expensive than raising
a child without a birth injury. Medical insurance and coverage will only
go so far, and many families find that their bills are piling up and doing
so quickly. In order to keep your feet on the ground and head above water,
you will need to use litigation and a lawsuit against the negligent doctors
who hurt your child. But filing a claim requires you to declare how much
compensation you expect, and you can’t do that if you don’t
know more about the costs of a birth injury.
True Extent of Birth Injuries & Their Costs
A birth injury occurs immediately or soon after a newborn’s life
begins, but it is likely to affect them for the rest of their years. From
cerebral palsy to
brachial plexus injuries, a birth injury is sure to be devastating to a child. Medical treatments
of all sorts will be necessary to help them recover as much as possible,
and none will be inexpensive.
In addition to the initial hospitalization fees, a child who has suffered
a birth injury will probably need some sort of treatment or rehabilitation
throughout their life. It could be monthly physical therapy, daily prescription
medications, special education programs, and so on. Families may also
need to purchase and learn how to use unique at-home equipment for their
child. The cost of such devices can be steep and the time put into learning
how to operate them is another setback. If both parents work, they may
need to hire a caretaker to stay with their child when they are away.
It All Adds Up
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated in the
past that raising a child with cerebral palsy or other similar birth injuries
costs at least $1 million. This number is likely much higher now, as the
CDC’s study was conducted back in 2003. For so many parents, this is simply too large
of a financial burden for them to shoulder alone.
If you need help affording the medical and lifetime care your child needs
to be comfortable and happy, you should call
614.321.3212 to connect with Rourke and Blumenthal. Our Columbus birth injury attorneys can
hear your claims for free and determine if you have a case against the doctors and physicians responsible
for your child’s birth injuries. We know how important it is for
you to be fully compensated, and we are not afraid to push for maximized
compensation, even if it ranges well into the millions of dollars.