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Brachial Plexus Palsy Financial - Support

If you or someone you know, experience a brachial plexus injury, you might have to spend a substantial sum of money to treat and manage the symptoms of the injury.

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Because of birth issues, infants represent the highest risk demographic for incurring damage to the arm and/or shoulder nerves. However, this does not mean adults are risk-free since contact sports and motor vehicle accidents can cause long-term nerve damage to one or both limbs.

Treatment of brachial plexus palsy can last the rest of a patient’s life, which means surgeries, medications, and extended physical therapy run up a large health care bill. With health care costs at astronomic record highs, how will you pay for the costly treatment required for arm and shoulder nerve damage?

Start with the United Brachial Plexus Network

The United Brachial Plexus Network (UBPN) does not finance costly treatments for arm and shoulder nerve damage. UBPN provides you with myriad resources that help you receive financial support from health care advocacy groups, as well as local charitable organizations that specialize in funding expensive medical procedures. One example of the information power held by UBPN is that the network collaborates with a few airlines to fly needy children for free to world class hospitals and medical centers.

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Social Security: More than a Retirement Supplement

Patients that suffer lifetime symptoms caused by brachial plexus injuries need considerable financial help that groups like UBPN cannot locate. Permanent injuries such as paralysis should prompt patients to contact the Social Security Administration to receive financial support. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program managed by the Social Security Administration offers monthly payments to children who suffer from injuries that cause disabilities.

Up to the age of 18, children are eligible for SSI, as long as they meet the financial means test mandated by the Social Security Administration. Disabilities that affect children under the age of 18 must last at least one year to qualify for financial support. Children who suffer from mild symptoms of the birth disorder called shoulder dystocia may benefit from injuries healing over the course of a few months. The healing of an injury to the brachial plexus on its own generally does not qualify children to receive SSI.

When a minor turns 18 years of age, he or she can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Adults who suffer an arm and/or shoulder nerve injury have the financial support option. Unlike SSI, the Social Security Administration does not use a financial means test to determine SSDI eligibility.

Create a Life Care Plan

As a legal document created by a licensed attorney, a life care plan presents a comprehensive list of the costs and expenses, a patient can expect to pay for a brachial plexus injury. The financial calculations rely heavily on the prognosis issued by a medical practitioner who specializes in diagnosing and treating the medical condition. If a prognosis includes the mention of lifetime treatment, then the attorney who creates the life care plan consults with an actuary, as well as medical experts that predict the future health care costs associated with treating arm and shoulder nerve damage. The chances of incurring serious injuries caused by brachial plexus palsy happen far more often for infants because of the underdevelopment of muscles and tissue. Babies also come out of the womb with compromised healing capabilities, as compare to the robust healing capabilities possessed by healthy adults.