If your child has a
birth injury, a care plan helps you assess what you need to take care of them. Additionally,
if you’re bringing forward a birth injury lawsuit, a care plan helps
your attorney determine the total cost of medical care, special products,
and services your child is going to need throughout their lifetime. Ultimately,
the specifics of the care plan vary depending on the type of birth injury,
but most plans share the following features.

Medical Care

This part of the care plan details the type of medical care your child
is going to need throughout their life. Initially, it can be hard to pin
down your child’s exact needs, but once you have a clear diagnosis
and understand the scope of the injury, a medical professional can help
you estimate your child’s future needs. In addition to medical care,
this part of the care plan can also detail projections related to tutors
and other professionals who are going to assist in your child’s care.

For instance, if your child has lost use of their arm due to nerve damage
related to a brachial plexus injury, they are going to need medical care,
occupational therapy, and medication. However, they are going to have
very different needs than a child who has suffered debilitating brain
damage due to lack of oxygen during delivery.

Home Care Plan

Depending on the extent of your child’s injuries, you may need to
make modifications to your home. That can include adding ramps, putting
in elevators, changing lighting to help with visual issues, or making
a range of other modifications. You may also need to invest in a new vehicle
or make changes to your existing vehicle. Your care plan should also take
into account those projected costs.

Life Care Plan

In addition to planning for your child’s medical and current needs,
you also have to think about their needs throughout the rest of their
life. Will they be able to perform a job? Will they need special vocational
training? When making a birth injury care plan, it’s essential to
consider how the injury affects your child’s lifelong earning potential
and their future quality of life in general.

In that vein, think about your child’s future home life. Will they
need a long-term caregiver? Will they need a special vehicle or modifications
for their own home? All of those elements need to be included as you draft
a care plan for your child.

Parental Support

You also need to ensure that you get the support you need. In this section
of the care plan, include costs for respite support or special caretakers,
but also, remember to include lost wages for taking care of your child
or attending support meetings with other parents.

Beyond all of these elements, many parents include a number of small details
in their care plans. This includes small purchases such as padding for
crutches or special eating utensils. However, it can also include extra
costs related to taking vacations or doing other activities that become
more expensive when you include someone with a birth injury.

A care plan helps you narrow in on the costs of your child’s birth
injury, but the right lawyer can ensure that you have the funds to take
care of the costs outlined in your plan. To learn more,
contact The Mellino law firm at (440) 333-3800 today. We can offer you a free
case evaluation and help you decide if you should move forward with a lawsuit.