When evaluating the impact of your child’s birth injury, your attorney should consider any financial resources that may be needed for future educational endeavors. Your attorney should work with life care planners and economic experts with extensive experience estimating the consequences of a severe injury. This may include home school materials, small-focus programs and learning therapies, special equipment, and all related resources.
A birth injury can make even normal, everyday activities like going to school challenging. In children with cognitive limitations, special education programs are often necessary to gently foster the learning process and address any unique learning disabilities. In children with physical disabilities like cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy , just getting around can be difficult, and participating in standard physical activities is often not an option. Also, children with learning or physical difficulties often require constant supervision and very specialized monitoring.
Many public schools may be missing the staff or funds to provide the type of education your child’s injuries demand. Today, most big cities have ample resources for special needs children, but you have to be willing to spend the time to find just the right solution. Then there is the question of transportation and your child’s emotional readiness and separation anxiety. Your child’s medical and social development team can help you choose the right educational path — and you can always try an alternative solution if one is not working well.
Between state-run programs and private learning services, a child with challenges can successfully get the kind of care he or she desperately needs. The trick is finding the money to afford these special services.
Paying for Special Education
Specialized education is expensive, and even the average income family would have a hard time staying afloat while paying for this type of care. Your birth injury law firm’s goal should be to make sure your settlement covers any potential educational costs that could arise in your child’s future. You should have enough reserve to afford the exceptional educational opportunities your little one deserves.