When a medical professional makes an error during the delivery process, there are certain things that can go wrong. Even more important, these errors can impact the baby, often causing cerebral palsy. This condition limits the body’s movement and motor skills. It also has an effect on the coordination of muscles.
If the child doesn’t receive enough oxygen to its brain or fetal distress arises and a C-section is not performed, a baby may develop cerebral palsy over the first few years of its life. This is a difficult situation on everyone involved including the child and the parents. While the child will have to live with the physical problems, the parents will face the financial difficulty of raising a child with cerebral palsy.
There are expenses for children with cerebral palsy divided into three areas:
- Indirect expenses — These are expenses that you may notice that are not directly related to the cerebral palsy such as having to leave a job to take care of your child.
- Direct medical expenses — These are exactly as they say. They are the costs you incur from treatments, hospital visits, exams, medication, therapy, and more.
- Direct non-medical expenses — These occur around the home to help make the living situation more comfortable for the child. This can include modifications to stairs and vehicles and special circumstances for learning.
The associated expenses add up and can leave a family struggling. It is a daunting situation, made even more difficult due to the fact that the situation may have been preventable. If a labor error caused your child to develop cerebral palsy, you deserve to seek compensation to help cover the cost of these expenses.
Call Snyder & Snyder to speak with our Baltimore birth injury lawyers about your possible case and we’ll explain how we can help you.