Expenses in Raising a Child with Cerebral Palsy
Parents of children with cerebral palsy know that their child will need a lifetime of specialized care from daily needs to major surgeries. What about when your child is an adult and not able to care for themselves? These factors and others determine how much compensation should be asked for in a lawsuit.
Before we received our verdict or settlement for our childrens’ birth injuries, the judge ordered a Life Care Plan to be developed. My Advocates helped facilitate this process through a certified Life Care Planner. This plan helps the judge or jury decide how much money the family should receive to take care of your child for life, whether it’s for everyday needs like diapers or for long-term needs such as education and major surgeries.
Determining What Your Child Will Need
To do this, the Life Care Planner will interview you and obtain documents regarding your financial situation. They will review medical records and may seek additional medical evaluations of your child’s condition. They will provide the law firm with a detailed report that describes and documents:
- Nature and extent of your child’s injuries
- Extent of care needed, including types of care and hours of care, from childhood through adulthood
- Previous and future medical expenses, including drugs, surgeries, therapy, supplies, and equipment
- Other associated expenses, such as transportation, and costs related to adapting your home to accommodate a wheelchair or other equipment
- Projected life expectancy for the child
- Expected rises in health care costs and other costs over the life of the child
How Lawsuit Money is Distributed
Sometimes when people hear about a lot of money from a lawsuit, they think the parents get it all at once. In fact, the money is given over the child’s lifetime and can only be used for resources that will benefit the child. If a verdict or settlement is awarded, the money goes into a Special Needs Trust, administered by a trustee. This trust will cover those expenses not covered by public funds, such as Social Security or Medicaid.
This whole Life Care process is another reason we were grateful to have My Advocates at our side, answering our questions and explaining the entire process.