Birth injuries can change the life a child will have, but they also change the lives of those in the family. Birth injuries can have a lasting financial impact on the family as well.
The quality of a child’s life can be dramatically altered because of suffering injuries at birth. For example, a child who has cerebral palsy due to mistakes at birth may live with a chronic and permanent disability. They may be unable to participate in activities in the same ways as their peers. They may, or may not, ever be able to be independent, depending on many factors.
How does cerebral palsy impact children in their day-to-day lives?
Children with cerebral palsy may need one or more medical tools to live with a high quality of life. Since CP can vary in severity, what your child needs or does not need will depend on how severe their disabilities are.
Some common items and supports that children with cerebral palsy may need include:
- Electric wheelchairs
- Non-spill cups
- Eye scanners for computers
- The creation of a safer living environment or one that is able to handle wheelchairs or other medical equipment
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
They may need some of these things for their entire lifetimes.
Access to support is essential for children with CP. A CP diagnosis may be scary for parents, but there are supports available for them as well.
If your child has CP as a result of birth injuries caused by medical errors, don’t be afraid to seek compensation. Medical mistakes can lead to life-altering consequences, and the medical providers responsible may be able to be held liable.