Round The Clock Care But Who's Paying?


If the person you are caring for has cerebral palsy, that care may well be needed across a 24 hour period, for 7 days a week.

A child born with Cerebral Palsy will face many challenges
The care provided by the social services can be limited or inconvenient, and care provided by families to their loved ones is often essential in providing the level of care needed by the disabled family member.

So what does 24 hour care really mean and what affect does this have on the life of the carer, the person being cared for, and other members of the family?

The Cost Of Care

Cerebral palsy affects the body in a number of different ways and the type of care needed is very much something that has to be assessed on an individual basis. If you are a young family and you have recently found out your child has a disability like cerebral palsy, it can be overwhelming just dealing with the day to day difficulties. Even more overwhelming can be the worry of what will happen in the future. There are a number of respite centres across the country but as with anything else, you may be concerned about the cost.

Respite can be expensive and you may be wondering how you can afford it. Similarly, if your child needs round the clock care at home, paying fees may be a struggle. It may be impractical for both parents to work because the needs of your child won't allow it. Cost is a major sticking point for some families when it comes to extra disability provisions, which causes further stress and worry.

Is The Hospital At Fault?

For the majority of mothers, pregnancy is relatively routine and their baby is born healthy. It is a small number of pregnancies where things can go wrong, mistakes are made by the healthcare professionals and harm is caused to the baby which could have been avoided. It is in these circumstances that it can be appropriate to instruct a specialist firm of solicitors to investigate whether you should bring a claim for compensation.

These claims are complex but if it is established that the care provided was below a reasonable standard and that avoidable injury has been caused the injured person is entitled to claim compensation. Compensation is split into 2 main parts. General Damages is the amount awarded for the injury itself, and is designed to compensate for pain and suffering and the impact the injury has on the victim's life. Special damages cover a whole range of expenses, including the cost of providing on-going care they need.

The needs of a child with cerebral palsy and their family are complex. Once negligence is established assessments are obtained from independent medical specialists to consider the individual child's needs. The best package of care can then be put in place for the child which can include 24 hour professional carers, respite care where appropriate, adapted accommodation or different accommodation if the present home is unsuitable, aids and equipment such as a specialised wheel chair, an adapted vehicle and private therapies.

The educational needs of the child would also need to be assessed and their potential maximised. The cost of a case manager can also be claimed to manage and source the care needed. As a firm which specialises in clinical negligence, Simpson Millar LLP is well positioned to ensure that the injured person is fully compensated. This matters, as the money obtained is to ensure your loved one is cared for to a high standard and continues to be cared for after the time you are no longer able to do so.

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