What is the difference between a child having a disability and an adult with the same injury?
A. A child has a longer time to deal with the problem and may be kept from pursing a career due to their injury, whereas an adult may have the education and experience that would allow them to work around their loss.
Who else is effected when a child becomes injured?
A. The child is not the only injured person. The care taker, mother or father or bothy are responsible for the child’s daily needs. If those needs are extensive the care taker may have to take off or quit work. That means they too have lost income.
What is an estimate of the cost of raising a special needs child and financial loss to the family when a child has a disability?
A. The care for and the financial loss to a family has been estimated to be within the range of $20,000 to $60,000, with an annual average of $30,500 per family per year with a disabled child in 2014.
How is the cost of having a disabled child to the family determined?
A. Estimates for the amount of loss to the family vary depending on the methodology, jurisdiction, and data used, but the economic costs are indeed significant.
What types of childhood disability cause a financial hardship to the child and family?
A. Examples of injuries to children are extensive. Some such injuries Dr. Manges has been asked to assess by plaintiff and defense have included when the child has experienced a brachial plexus birth injury, physical scaring and disfigurement from animal attacks, cognitive decline due to traumatic brain injury and loss of vision due to a defective toy.