Hospital stay both painful, joyful for girl with cerebral palsy

On behalf of Mike Clancy

When a child is born with a birth injury, it doesn’t mean that the parent will love the child less. Parents with a special needs child often hold an extra special place in their hearts for that child. In a case where a birth injury results in a child that the parent is going to love just the same, is a medical malpractice lawsuit a contradiction?

Damages in a personal injury lawsuit filed in Chicago aren’t about the parent; they are to compensate the child. Special needs children are going to face some extra hurdles, and these can cost physically, mentally and emotionally. Look at the situation that a 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy recently faced as an example.

This young girl found herself in the hospital for 57 days straight, and possibly more, after surgeries to replace a hip and realign her femur. These procedures weren’t free, and they likely weren’t even to fix the first complication she suffered in relation to her condition.

The family has insurance, but the coverage falls far short of the funds the girl needs to pay for her necessary medical care. The family has done what they can to cover these costs. A YouCaring page was created in the girl’s benefit, and even though donors have generously contributed $12,500, the family still needs $37,500 more.

Despite the incredible costs of her medical care, the day that the news report was written about was a happy one for the father. It was the day that he helped surprise his daughter that was confined to a hospital room with a visit from her boyfriend. “The joy of knowing my child had been given the opportunity to feel the happiness at 14 of having a boyfriend, the butterflies, the excitement; this love is a gift that most never experience,” he said.

Compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit helps parents by giving them the funding that the child needs, so that the parents can focus on providing their child with the care and love that they deserve.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Boyfriend Surprises Teen With Cerebral Palsy In Hospital For 57 Days, And She Can’t Stop Smiling,” Alexander Zaslow, April 16, 2014

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Hospital stay both painful, joyful for girl with cerebral palsy