As your child gets older, his or her birth injury will continue to affect
him. There are several things you’ll need to consider as your child
ages. For instance, will he or she need ongoing medical care, new medical
equipment or special accommodations?
The cost of growing up with a disability or injury can be extensive. Your
child could need a lifetime of surgeries and medical visits to stay healthy;
he or she could require ongoing therapy for walking, talking, working
and even for mental disabilities caused by injuries at birth. Because
of this, it’s absolutely important that the medical needs of your
child are thought about not only for the present time, but in the future as well.
When you’re considering civil litigation against someone who has
caused your child a birth injury, remember to calculate the amount of
equipment and accommodations your child will need. For example, if your
child is in a wheelchair now, a larger one will be needed as he or she
grows. If he or she is unsteady on his or her feet, you may need to install
railings on stairs or have access to walking canes or walkers of different
sizes. As your child ages, he or she will need new equipment; accounting
for that now while you’re seeking compensation will save you money
and hassle later.
You should work to develop a life-care plan for your child before you seek
compensation. With that, it’s easier to see the stages of your child’s
life and the items he or she will need in each one. With that information,
courts can determine a fair settlement or award for your case.