Life Care Plans for Pennsylvania Families
Many birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, are permanent and require a lifetime of care. For Pennsylvania families, the prospect of providing and paying for a lifetime of care for a child is truly daunting. A life care plan can help you make sense of the situation and keep your family moving forward in the wake of a birth injury.
What is a life care plan?
Put simply, a life care plan is an organized document that explains the long-term plan to manage a permanent, disabling illness. The idea is to provide the best possible quality of life for a disabled person. Some things that may be included in a life care plan for a birth injury are:
- Medications: anti-seizure drugs, muscle relaxers, pain medications, etc.
- Therapy: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, etc.
- Medical devices: canes, walkers, communication aids, braces, etc.
- Home or facility care ranging from a visiting nurse to a long-term care facility.
- Surgical interventions and other medical procedures.
- Potential complications that may emerge over a lifetime of care.
A life care plan is a dynamic document that should include ongoing assessment to assess and adjust the plan as needed. While birth injuries such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy never truly heal, the symptoms and required treatments may change over time as the child grows and develops.
Finally, a life care plan should account for a lifetime of cost. Depending on the extent of services required, a disability may cost millions or even tens of millions of dollars. Some of these costs may be paid by government benefits like Medicaid or Social Security. A special needs trust can be used to house money to pay for costs not covered by those government programs, without impacting the child's eligibility.
Negligence and life care plans
Many children with special needs are disabled because of preventable mistakes made by medical professionals during prenatal care, labor and delivery, or neonatal care. When that happens, families have recourse under Pennsylvania law. A malpractice lawsuit against the negligent doctor or hospital can secure funding for the life care plan and make sure the lifetime of treatment is paid for. We encourage families to use our free consultation service. If you need an attorney for your Pennsylvania birth injury, Help For Your Baby's birth injury experts will review your situation and, if necessary, put you in touch with one.