Life expectancy for a child with cerebral palsy is difficult to predict and varies widely based on how the condition and any related conditions affect the individual. Many children who have cerebral palsy live a normal life span.
Calculating the life expectancy of a child with cerebral palsy is often a key part of this type of birth injury litigation. To determine the child’s future care needs and the costs of lifelong treatment, your lawyer will need to help determine a median life expectancy. At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, our members include attorneys in your state who know how to navigate this complex process. Call 1-800-222-9529 to get started today.
Understanding Life Expectancy and Children with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is not a terminal condition. Children do not pass away because of this condition, but many complications and associated conditions can limit the length of the life expectancy of a child with cerebral palsy. For example, those who have epilepsy, those who require a gastrostomy for eating, and those who struggle to swallow and frequently aspirate food leading to pneumonia may be at a higher risk of an earlier death. In general, life expectancy is significantly poorer in children with severe functional disabilities caused by cerebral palsy or associated conditions. This may include:
- Severe cognitive impairment
- Significant motor impairment
- Blindness or other visual disabilities
Theoretically, based on large cohort studies of children from the past who lived with cerebral palsy and died from a complication or related condition, a child with severe disabilities has about a 50 percent chance of reaching age 13 years and a 25 percent probability reaching age 30 years.
However, the Archives of Disease in Childhood warn against trying to apply these numbers to a child who is currently living with the condition. To get an accurate probability, there are many more factors to consider, including the current age of the child. This requires an individual actuarial analysis using a standard life table.
If this is necessary in your case, your attorney will reach out to experts who can calculate the “mean additional lifetime” used to put a cost estimate on ongoing care and future care costs.
Cerebral Palsy Lawsuits
If you believe a preventable birth injury, medical error, or other medical negligence caused your newborn’s cerebral palsy, the Birth Injury Lawyers Group can help. You will be connected with an attorney who handles cerebral palsy lawsuits in your state. This attorney will evaluate the merits of your case for free and explain your legal options.
Together, you can build a strong case to hold a liable doctor or hospital accountable and pursue the damages your family needs and deserves. The rules that outline pursuing compensation in a medical malpractice case differ from state to state. Your attorney will know the deadlines to file and be able to navigate the process on your behalf. They can:
- Identify any potentially liable parties
- Obtain copies of relevant medical records
- Work with medical expert witnesses who can testify that the doctor committed malpractice
- Build a strong case linking your child’s condition to medical negligence
- Prove the cost of ongoing and future care for your child
- Document your family’s economic and noneconomic damages related to your child’s condition
Your attorney may be able to negotiate a just out-of-court settlement with the doctor or hospital’s medical malpractice insurance company, or they may need to file a birth injury lawsuit and take your case to court. Either way, they will represent you throughout the process and fight for the payout your family needs and deserves to pay for your child’s medical care and support.
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Recoverable Damages in a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit
If your attorney wins your birth injury case by getting a payout on your behalf, the damages you recover may include:
- Medical care costs
- Ongoing care and support expenses
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
- Prescription drug costs
- Mobility aids and other prescribed assistive devices
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering damages
Each State Has Its Own Statute of Limitations for Cerebral Palsy Lawsuits
Each state has its own deadlines for how long you have to file a cerebral palsy lawsuit. The time limits set by each statute of limitations varies, as do the rules for tolling the statute of limitations in a birth injury case. Your best option for learning more is to discuss your case with a birth injury lawyer who practices in your state.
Talk to an Attorney Near You About Your Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit
At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, families in need of legal representation are connected with attorneys who are aware of the life expectancy of a child with cerebral palsy and practices birth injury medical malpractice law in their state. Let us help your family find a lawyer near you who can review your case and take legal action on your behalf at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
Call 1-800-222-9529 today to learn more or to talk to an attorney in your state about your case.