Texas families who are expecting the birth of a child anticipate that the process without be a joyous one. For many, though, giving birth can result in preventable injuries being suffered by a mother and her child. The damages that can result from these incidences can be enormous. A newborn’s birth injury can leave him or her with lifelong physical limitation, pain, and suffering that can be costly to treat. A mother can suffer similar physical harm. An emotional toll can be levied, too. Taken as a whole, these damages can be overwhelming and leave a family struggling to figure out how to move on.
One birth injury that can lead to this outcome is cerebral palsy. The cost of treating this condition alone can be enough to throw a family into ruin. One study estimates that the cost of raising a child with cerebral palsy to the age of 18 is more than $225,000. Over the course of a lifetime, a cerebral palsy sufferer can face nearly $1 million in additional expenses beyond normal costs associated with living.
These estimates do not take into consideration other possible financial losses. For example, many Texans who have a child suffering from cerebral palsy have to take off work to provide care for their child. This can lead to lost wages upon which a family depends to get by. Also, a medical condition like cerebral palsy can result in unexpected emergency room visits that can quickly inflate medical expenses incurred by a family.
These damages, when caused by medical malpractice, are unacceptable. Although some government programs and health insurance may help alleviate some of these costs, they often fail to reach the full extent of financial harm caused, let alone the other types of damages that can be inflicted. Negligent medical professionals who cause this harm should be held accountable in a way that allows victims to recover the compensation they need. Often, the only way to do this is to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Those who choose to pursue this route may find it beneficial to seek assistance from a legal advocate who can aggressively represent their interests in a court of law.