Can you rely on Medicaid to pay for your disabled child's medical needs after a medical mistake?

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Not really.

Unfortunately, Medicaid only pays for certain medical and hospital care and medical treatment, even after a if a serious injury or medical condition leaves a person disabled and unable to care for themselves.

For example, a young person with cerebral palsy caused by improper prenatal care or substandard medical care in the hospital around the time of delivery, may need around the clock nursing care for the rest of his life.  Medicaid will usually pay a portion of this, but nowhere near what you really need for your child.

Of course, there is a lot more that is needed to give your child the best care and treatment - modifications to your home, reliable transportation (usually a wheelchair accessible van), occupational and speech therapy, and many, many other things your child needs and deserves.

If you can show that your child's injury or condition was caused by medical mistakes, you may be able to recover for the harms and losses - to get money to take care of his or her true needs, not just what Medicaid will allow.

If you want to learn more about how we try to take care of a child's needs, a parent's worries and help families, please call us.  The call is confidential, of course.  And we'll send you a free copy of Getting Everything Your Special Needs Child Deserves: A Parent's Guide to Resources to help get more for your child in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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