Cerebral Palsy Treatment and Disability Benefits in Oklahoma

Raising a child with cerebral palsy is not an easy task for any Oklahoma family. You want to provide the care and treatment your child needs to live a happy, healthy life, but you may struggle to keep up with payments. Many Oklahoma families find it difficult to provide care to their loved ones with cerebral palsy. We at Cerebral Palsy LLC have compiled a list of resources available to Oklahoma families to assist with cerebral palsy treatment.

First, we will provide a brief overview of cerebral palsy and its complications. Next, we will list the information of some Oklahoma hospitals and treatment centers who can provide cerebral palsy care. Finally, we will discuss the Social Security Benefits and financial aid available for cerebral palsy families, as well as information on how to apply for these benefits in Oklahoma.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a brain injury that affects a person's movements, motor skills, and muscle tone. Often, cerebral palsy develops during birth, early infancy, or early childhood. Brain trauma, such as a lack of oxygen during birth, can lead to cerebral palsy. Outside conditions, such as jaundice and pregnancy infections, can also lead to its development.

All children with cerebral palsy have some issue with mobility. Cerebral palsy does not have a cure, but it also does not get worse with time. Symptoms range from mild to severe, with many children experiencing feeding problems, speech issues, and learning disabilities as a result of this condition.

Doctors prescribe treatments for cerebral palsy on a case-by-case basis. Depending on what your child's symptoms are, the doctor will prescribe remedies to alleviate those symptoms. Possible treatments include:

  • Mobility devices
  • Ongoing therapy treatments
  • Medication
  • Feeding tubes
  • Live-in caregivers
  • Corrective surgeries
Where to Seek Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

There are a number of facilities that offer treatment and support for cerebral palsy in Oklahoma. Many facilities, including hospitals and specialty centers, can provide individual based care.

The J.D. McCarty Center
2002 E Robinson St
Norman, OK 73071
(405) 307-2800

The J.D. McCarty Center is a disability services and support organization for children with developmental disabilities, including children with cerebral palsy. The Center provides physical therapy services, nutritional counseling, support for feeding and swallowing, and comprehensive evaluations for children with cerebral palsy, in addition to medical services.

United Cerebral Palsy of Oklahoma
5208 West Reno, Suite 275
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
(405) 917-7080

This foundation provides direct services to both children and adults with cerebral palsy, along with other disabilities. The program includes diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, therapy, mobility equipment, and individual and family support services.

Social Security Benefits for Cerebral Palsy

When you receive a cerebral palsy diagnosis for your child, you may wonder how you will afford the expensive individualized treatment he or she is sure to need. This thought is not uncommon - cerebral palsy treatment costs are quite expensive. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total for lifelong care can exceed $900,000. This figure increases based on the severity of your child's symptoms.

Social Security provides two options for families looking for assistance in affording cerebral palsy treatments:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is an entitlement program based on the payroll taxes you or your child pays over time. To qualify for SSDI, you or your child must have paid Social Security for over a decade and have a number of work credits. Adult children who have had cerebral palsy since before they turned 22 can qualify for these benefits.
  • Not everyone qualifies for SSDI. If your child does not have work experience or does not meet the credit requirements, you can apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The requirements for this program are that your family meets low-income requirements and that your child meets the Social Security definition for disabled.

Some families qualify for both SSDI and SSI benefits. If the payments are not enough to cover treatment costs, you can also receive state supplemental income from Oklahoma directly.

How to Apply for Social Security Benefits in Oklahoma

To apply for social security benefits for your child, you can pursue one of three options:

  • You can file an application in person at your local Social Security office.
  • You can apply online, which is the easiest and preferred method.
  • You can also request a form by mail by calling (800) 772-1213.

Both SSI and SSDI benefits require your child to receive a disability evaluation at Oklahoma's Disability Determination Services in Oklahoma City. You can find information about the evaluation process and interview at the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services website. You can call the agency at (405) 419-2200.

Seeking financial assistance for cerebral palsy in Oklahoma can be time-consuming and stressful. Having a social security benefits attorney on your side can ease the process so that you can focus on your child, not paperwork.