The idea of providing for your child’s future is a concern most parents have, particularly those parents of children with Cerebral Palsy. A child with Cerebral Palsy has needs in the immediate future, meaning day-to-day, as well as in the weeks, months and years to come. Setting money aside to provide for ongoing care after you are no longer able to help is an understandable concern of every parent in this setting. One important avenue to consider in providing this relief is through Lifetime Benefits, something every parent of a child with Cerebral Palsy should explore before it’s too late.
So what are Lifetime Benefits? In short, they are funds set aside in a trust or other accounts to pay for and provide treatments, therapy, housing, equipment, technology and more for a child with Cerebral Palsy. These funds are focused on helping your child overcome barriers associated with CP symptoms and to reach his or her full potential.
This undoubtedly sounds like an obvious concern. But just how do parents get these Lifetime Benefits for their child? It is important to understand that, unlike all for the various other support options and programs available for children with Cerebral Palsy, Lifetime Benefits are available to those whose CP was preventable. Preventable Cerebral Palsy involves missed warning signs of a potential birth injury that, in turn, leads to the brain injury associated with the CP diagnosis. It can also include improper medical care provided before, during or after the birth resulting in Cerebral Palsy for your child.
Unfortunately it is extremely unlikely that a medical professional would notify a parent that an error was made during the birth process. Instead, parents must request a free Medical Legal Review to have the circumstances surrounding their child’s Cerebral Palsy examined and analyzed. In doing so, the circumstances of delivery can be explored and Lifetime Benefits eligibility determined – specifically before the statute of limitations has passed that can limit your child’s options.
If you are beginning to plan for the future and your child’s legal options are still open, a Medical Legal Review is your first step in determining your child’s eligibility. To view a state by state summary of the statute of limitations, click here, but understand these are only a general overview and should not be relied upon without contacting an experienced birth injury lawyer. Contact our offices for more information on Lifetime Benefits, preventable Cerebral Palsy, the Medical Legal Review process, statutes of limitation for a birth injury and more, by calling (800) 462-5772 or filling out our online form.