Cerebral palsy (CP) is brain damage resulting in movement, muscle tone, and motor skills difficulties. CP can also create speech, hearing, vision, and learning disabilities. Typically, cerebral palsy occurs prior to or during child birth, and according to the Mayo Clinic doctors can often detect it soon after birth or within the first two years of childhood.
Benefits of early intervention programs
During a child’s early developmental years, learning is potentially the easiest and this time of their life is the most crucial learning period. Early intervention programs that begin as soon as possible after diagnosis can help improve the child’s development and provide the most benefit.
Such programs usually involve a team approach between specialists such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and dieticians.
Costs of programs
While the costs are initially quite high, in the long run, the earlier such programs start after birth, the more cost-effective they prove to be. According to one study noted at cerebralpalsycosts.com, total costs ran 25 percent higher when parents waited until age six. It took more time to catch the children up, which incurred greater expense. Now most states legally require that intervention programs start around age three.
A study conducted by Waitzman et al in 1996 estimated annual medical treatment costs as follows (1996 prices):
Age 0–1 $16,236
Ages 2–4 $9,848
Ages 5–17 $11,451
Ages 18+ $19,349
Based on adjusted consumer price index rates, 2011 costs would be::
Age 0–1 $20,944
Ages 2–4 $12,704
Ages 5–17 $14,773
Ages 18+ $24,960
If you suspect your child’s cerebral palsy resulted from medical malpractice, an experienced medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation.
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