Medical Care and Life Care Plans for Alabama Families
Some birth injuries can leave children with a permanent disability that requires lifelong treatment and care. The thought of how to meet all of your child's needs, even after you are gone, can be overwhelming. That's why it's important to have a life care plan.
In short, a life care plan is an organized document that is set up to manage the long-term care for a personal with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or other chronic illness. The goal is to help the person have the highest quality of life possible while maintaining as much independence as possible.
A life care plan may include:
- Medications (for example, pain medication or seizure control medication)
- Therapy (physical, occupational or speech-language)
- Medical devices (to aid movement or communication)
- Home or facility care (for example, a visiting nurse or a long-term care facility)
- Surgical interventions and other medical treatments
- Contingency plans for managing potential complications
- Ongoing assessment throughout life as symptoms change
A life care plan also addresses how the costs of providing care will be met. This will include the projected long-term costs and the play for covering those costs. Some victims of birth injuries may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits or Medicaid. Another option is to set up a special needs trust.
Fighting for your child's future
If your child's birth injury was caused by medical negligence, you may be able to recover financial compensation by taking legal action. This includes compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to your child's birth injury.
However, negligent doctors and hospitals usually deny any responsibility for what happened to your child. Insurance companies know that there is a lot of money at stake, so they'll back them up. They would prefer not to pay you anything at all, and they have lawyers who will fight to try to make that happen.
An experienced Alabama birth injury attorney can help you fight for your child's rights. An attorney who knows how to investigate to find evidence that proves negligence led to your child's birth injury. An attorney who also knows how to build a strong case that insurance companies must take seriously and fights to recover financial compensation.
Another thing an experienced birth injury attorney can do is help you create a life care plan to ensure that your child's needs will be met, even after you are gone. This can give you peace of mind and stay focused on helping your child live the best and healthiest life possible.
And as part of this plan, an attorney can help you set up a special needs trust to help fund the life care plan. One of the benefits of doing this is to make sure that money recovered in a settlement or court decision will be used for your child's needs.
Learn more about how an experienced lawyer in the Help For Your Baby network can help you set up a life care plan for your child's needs. Schedule a free consultation an Alabama birth injury lawyer today.