Lifetime Costs of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy for a Child Due to Minnesota Medical Malpractice

The Lifetime Costs of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Can Cost a Family More than $800,000: Minneapolis Birth Injury Lawyer Shares Facts


Athetoid cerebral palsy, also known as dyskinetic cerebral palsy, is a serious disorder caused by damage to the brain.  This type of cerebral palsy is characterized by damage to the basal ganglia and cerebellum in the brain which affects voluntary movement and the precision of movement.  There is a range of symptoms which can be associated with athetoid cerebral palsy, including involuntary movement, tremors, unsteadiness, high muscle tone, low muscle tone, and in severe cases seizures.  This can occur due to natural complications in the development or birthing process, or unfortunately due to a birth injury caused by medical malpractice.


Because athetoid cerebral palsy is a lifelong disease, it will be accompanied by a lifetime of medical treatment and rehabilitation for the individual suffering from this disorder.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lifetime costs of healthcare for an individual with cerebral palsy is at least $800,000 more than the lifetime costs of a healthy individual.  These costs often fall upon the shoulders of the of the families of those with cerebral palsy as well as the individual.


What are the Costs of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy?


The total costs of athetoid cerebral palsy will depend on the severity of the disability.  Mild cerebral palsy is when a child can move without assistance, thus normal and customary daily activities are generally not limited.  Moderate cerebral palsy is when a child may need support with daily activities like devices to help ambulate, medications, and other assistance.  Severe cerebral palsy can range quite a bit, but generally means that the child may be wheelchair bound and have significant challenges in accomplishing daily activities.  The more severe the cerebral palsy, the higher the medical costs.


Generally, the types of costs associated with cerebral palsy include the following:


  • Doctor appointments with primary care physicians and specialists;
  • Physical therapy;
  • Occupational therapy;
  • Speech therapy;
  • Prescription drugs and medications;
  • Surgical intervention of conditions;
  • In-patient hospital admissions;
  • Diagnostic imaging tests to evaluate damage and progression;
  • Medical devices like braces, wheelchairs, and other devices; and
  • Many other medical costs.


With Costs of Almost a Million Dollars, Families of Children With Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Should Consult with a Minnesota Birth Injury Lawyer


Cerebral palsy is a significant expense for a family to have to shoulder.  Unfortunately, this may be a reality for many families due to unavoidable consequences.  But sometimes, this reality is a nightmare because it is caused by the Minnesota medical malpractice of a hospital provider.  If your child’s athetoid cerebral palsy was caused by medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation of some or all of the healthcare costs associated with cerebral palsy.


If your child has athetoid cerebral palsy anywhere in Minnesota, including in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, or any other city, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website. Initial consultations and appointments are free.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.  There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.


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