helping relieve the heavy financial burden
Individuals who suffer from CP often require specialized, on-going care and expensive equipment, which places a significant burden on their family and loved ones. We recognize this heavy financial burden and we want to help. We have compiled a detailed list of resources that provide financial relief to individuals with CP or other disorders/disabilities.
The resources we’ve compiled range from government benefits to non-profit organizations, grants and legal compensation in the event that medical malpractice took place. Although these resources may not be applicable to everyone, we encourage you to look through the list below and pursue those that are available to your or your loved one.
Government benefits programs include:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Social Security Disability Insurance provides a monthly income for individuals who are unable to work due to their disability. Although Cerebral Palsy is a life-long disability, many of those who are diagnosed can lead productive work lives without long-term assistance. The benefits of SSDI may be temporary or permanent depending on the severity of the individual’s disability. The qualifications required for receiving SSDI include:
- Disorder Prevents Substantial Gainful Activity
- Condition is expected to last at least one year
- Social Security payments have previously been made by applicant or guardian within the past 10 years
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income provides a monthly check to individuals with a serious disability, such as CP. The SSI is reserved for families who receive a low annual income, and allows the Government to pay for fundamental needs such as clothing or meals. In order to be eligible for SSI, applicants must:
- Be a U.S Citizen
- Demonstrate physical or cognitive limitations
- Have limited financial resources
- Expect disability to last at least 1 year or longer
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
The federal government created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to help low income as well as needy families with children. Most of the financial aid is targeted at households that are living in poverty, or close to it. Short term financial assistance in the form of cash is available to help pay bills. In many states, you can receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) while you are waiting for a decision to be rendered in your Social Security Disability case.
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Variety – The Children’s Charity – Freedom Program
Variety, The Children’s Charity is dedicated to providing necessary equipment for children with CP. The funds collected by the charity are used to purchase:
- Service Animals
- Adaptive Bicycles
- Walkers/standing aids/ positioning systems
- Vehicle Modifications
Variety provides fundamental equipment, and dedicated coaches to help enhance a CP child’s mobility, social skills, and independence.
UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is invested in providing CP families with the necessary health services they require. The foundation financially takes care of all services that are not covered by the family’s current insurance plan. They also award grants up to $5,000 annually, per child affected. (Applicants do not need to be United Healthcare subscribers to qualify for grant.)
Many are unaware that CP can be caused by the medical negligence of doctors and hospital staff. The result of these preventable medical errors is a life-altering verdict: the bright future of health and possibility for a child is forever changed by a severe disorder. This new future is accompanied by overwhelming medical expenses and financial challenges that often last the lifetime of the child with CP. The most disheartening fact is it could have been prevented.
Every year, over 28,000 babies suffer preventable birth injuries which lead to life-altering consequences, including CP. If your child has CP, you owe it to him/her to find out what went wrong and what caused it. A birth injury or medical malpractice mistake may have led to your child’s CP diagnosis, and you deserve to know the truth.
Your child’s medical records contain the facts about what happened during the birth and delivery process and often disclose the cause of your child’s CP. Medical records can be difficult to understand and, at times, hospitals have hidden the records or covered up the truth due to medical negligence. If you are wondering what caused your child’s CP, the best course of action is to talk with a medical and legal team. They will assess whether medical malpractice may have been the cause, and will then help you access and understand the records. Regardless of what they find within the records, you will have peace of mind knowing the truth behind your child’s CP. Get help in obtaining and checking your medical records.
What Types of Compensation Can a Lawyer Help Me Get?
Through the help of our legal advocates, Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC (JJS), thousands of CP and CPFN families have received hundreds of millions in compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Reimbursement for home accommodations
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Lost wages (if applicable)
- Special education costs
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Assistive equipment
For 40 years, the Cerebral Palsy Family Lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC have worked to uncover medical errors and fight for the justice birth injury victims deserve. JJS has won record-breaking verdicts and negotiated record-breaking settlements across the country. These funds allow families living with CP to provide their loved one with the medical treatments, on-going care and support necessary to live the best life possible.
If you are wondering what caused your child’s CP or feel uneasy about your delivery, you may deserve financial compensation. We know how heavy the financial burden can be and we want to ensure you get the financial support you deserve. Fill out the short form below to get a second opinion of what caused your child’s CP from CPFN’s legal advocates.