The parents of a child born with
cerebral palsy (CP), or who develops it early in life, know the emotional toll will be
significant and trying. What they may not know or anticipate is the massive
financial cost of raising a child with cerebral palsy. Doctors and science
currently consider CP to be an incurable affliction, meaning treatment
or symptom abatement must continue for the entire lifespan of the child.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a Morbidity
and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that covers a wide variety of medical
condition and treatment discussions. Within the MMWR, it examined the
financial impacts of cerebral palsy on the average household. It determined,
based on the monetary value of 2004, that raising and caring for a child
with cerebral palsy will cost a family around $920,000.
This estimation did not include:
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Money used to hire caregivers
- Visits to the emergency room
With these excluded factors in mind, one could safely assume that at least
$1 million is necessary to care for a child born with cerebral palsy.
As the CDC’s last report on the matter was published in 2004, calculating
for inflation changes, the actual total cost today could exceed $1.24
million. The MMWR also estimated that the total economic loss –
that is the cost of being unable to find employment, or the fiscal consequence
of making it difficult for a parent to find employment and care for their
child with CP – could range into the billions.
Health insurance, government assistance programs, and even charities are
all avenues a parent can explore to find financial help when trying to
pay for cerebral palsy treatments for their child. However, in most cases,
they simply are not enough to keep a family from falling into debt. A
lawsuit may be required to find total compensation.
At Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC, we have focused our practice on cerebral
palsy cases and the
medical malpractice that often causes it. If you need the assistance of a Kentucky attorney
who handles cerebral palsy cases with decades of experience and more than
$100 million won for clients through
verdicts and settlements, please
contact Brett Oppenheimer today. Our offices are in Louisville, but we handle cases around the state
of Kentucky. We work on a no recovery, no fee basis and initial consultations
are free, so there is no risk to you.