When You Need a Lawyer for your Child’s Cerebral Palsy

Nobody likes to think about needing a lawyer. Very often, legal professionals are only called upon in times of crisis. Those who are fortunate may only need a lawyer for a fender bender or when a dispute with an insurance company over damages hits a roadblock. Too many parents, though, find themselves needing a lawyer to handle issues surrounding their child’s Cerebral Palsy. It is tragic that legal action would be required. That too few parents understand it is an option to improve their child’s life is even more tragic.

How a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer Can Help

So why would you need a lawyer for your child’s Cerebral Palsy? Unfortunately, just as your child’s special needs can lead to additional planning or preparation on any given day, so too can elements in his or her life require additional support for proper long-term care and management. There are four main areas in which a lawyer would be needed to step in and help your child. Each of these can deal with very different times in your child’s life, but often carry with them very significant challenges that you should be potentially prepared for:

SSI/Government Benefits

Based upon personal income and the specific challenges your child faces, eligibility for SSI and other governmental benefits can be a very important process for your family. Part of your family’s ability to cover costs associated with adaptive equipment, housing, therapy, treatments, etc., may depend upon qualifying for monthly assistance. Even when they do qualify, too many parents are left finding the benefits and assistance provided to be inadequate to properly cover their child’s needs. A lawyer can help you in appealing either of these issues so that expenses related to your child’s Cerebral Palsy can be managed.

For more information on appealing your child’s SSI, either due to a denial or inadequate coverage, you can contact us today.

Educational Shortcomings

An effective education is your child’s Constitutional right. Special education programs can unfortunately fluctuate widely depending upon the school’s experience with conditions like your child’s. Beyond simply providing assistance in learning or affording access to equipment/assistive technology, schools should also make you feel comfortable that your child is being properly treated and advocated for. Even though an Individualized Education Program (IEP) may be laid out with your child’s needs and interests covered, that does not mean that there can’t be problems later in its implementation.

In the event you face the unfortunate conclusion that your child’s schooling is not being properly executed, it is well within your rights to speak with a civil rights lawyer or education specialist regarding your next steps.

Care for your Child When You’re Gone

As your child’s primary care provider, you are well versed in addressing his or her unique needs. However, there will come a time where you are no longer able to be the primary care provider for your child. Depending upon their needs, a child with significant challenges will require continuous care as they get older, in addition to access to effective housing, treatment, medications and more. An attorney can be a critical partner in setting up an estate or trust for your child, as well as address things like guardianship and your living will in the present. Having funds properly documented and set aside for your child can be a significant relief for parents at any age, which is why we recommend speaking with a finance-focused attorney for your estate planning.

Reviewing your Child’s Birth Injury

Finally, and more specific to any parent of a child with CP, if the cause of your child’s Cerebral Palsy remains a mystery to you, take the time to request a Medical Legal Review. Conducted by a birth injury attorney and a team of medical and legal professionals, the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy, your child’s delivery and his or her post-birth care, a Medical Legal Review will attempt to provide answers on whether your child’s Cerebral Palsy was preventable. Those children whose CP is determined to have been preventable can qualify for Lifetime Benefits. Established as a trust to pay for the ongoing expenses your child will have now and for years to come, Lifetime Benefits are an important lifeline parents use to provide for their child in a way they couldn’t have without these benefits.

Be aware, though, that state laws can limit the time you have to look into your child’s eligibility for Lifetime Benefits. Because of this, time is of the essence to request a Medical Legal Review to explore this extremely important assistance for your child’s future. Requiring only 30 minutes to complete our simple questionnaire, it is important to take this immediate first step as soon as you can.

For more information on any of these legal services, how to find out more information on getting a lawyer for any of these concerns, and/or to find out if your child qualifies for Lifetime Benefits, give us a call at 800-462-5772 or contact us online today.

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