Cerebral Palsy Treatment and Disability Benefits in Utah

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy can be devastating. You lament the loss of independence, or the loss of a life a child is never going to have. Your head fills with concerns about how to treat the condition, as well as how to pay for those treatments. The purpose of this page is to help you through and give you an idea of what to expect. We will explain to you what cerebral palsy is and where you can seek treatment for cerebral palsy in Utah. We'll cover where you can get financial support and finally give you a preview of the process of applying for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration and the Utah Department of Human Services.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects the brain's ability to control the motor skills, balance and posture of an individual. Abnormal brain development can cause it or damage to a developing brain. It permanently affects muscle coordination. Many sufferers of cerebral palsy were born with the disorder even if a doctor does not diagnose it until months later. It may have come from an infection in the mother or from lack of oxygen during labor. Those who get cerebral palsy later on usually had an infection or a traumatic injury to the head.

Seeking Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

While cerebral palsy is not a curable disorder, treatment can improve the lives of those with the condition. The earlier the intervention, the better. There are many treatments and service centers throughout Utah to provide you or your loved one with coordinated care so that you, and your family, can reach the fullest potential possible. Some of the most popular are the following:

Intermountain Healthcare
36 S State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 442-2000

A nonprofit organization with locations in 23 hospitals around the state, with over 1,600 physicians and advanced practice clinicians at 180 clinics. They offer help to people living with cerebral palsy to improve their quality of life.

Foundations for Independence Cerebral Palsy of Utah
Jessica Reese
(801) 996-8218 ext. 123

An organization that coordinates services for cerebral palsy. They can put you in contact with whomever you need to get the treatment and assistance you require.

Shriners Hospitals for Children Salt Lake City
1275 E Fairfax Rd
Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 536-3777

A children's hospital supplying treatment and care for many different ailments, including cerebral palsy. They have their own cerebral palsy clinic with specialized orthotic and prosthetic services. They treat patients with mild to severe cerebral palsy and with all kinds of symptoms.

Utah Parent Center
230 West 200 South, Ste 1101
Salt Lake City UT
(800) 468-1160

An organization that provides education and support to those affected by cerebral palsy. They have a network of support and can put you in contact with the facility you need.

If a loved one has cerebral palsy, early intervention is key. Don't delay. Contact one of these or other centers in the state of Utah today and start your path to a better life.

Financial Support for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy, according to the CDC, can cost families up to $900,000 through a person's lifetime. This includes treatment costs and lost wages. Other disabilities often accompany cerebral palsy and many who are diagnosed with it will never be able to work. However, there are available disability benefits for adults and children with the disease. It is good to keep in mind that an experienced attorney can help you through the process. Also, if the cerebral palsy was a result of medical malpractice, he or she can go over your options to reduce the financial burden on your family.

Social Security Benefits

Social Security Benefits can come in the form of Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The former is available to all who have paid into Social Security for at least ten years and have earned enough work credits. SSDI may also be available to adults who became disabled before the age of 22.

SSI is for low-income individuals and for those who have never worked. If children meet the definition of Social Security for disability, they may also qualify if the family meets the income requirements. Utah also has supplemental payments to augment the help from SSI.

Applying for Social Security Benefits

You can apply for disability benefits at your local Social Security office or by calling (800) 772-1213 to request they mail a form to you. Each state has an agency to evaluate disability claims. Utah's is:

Disability Determination Services
(800) 325-0778

If they reject your claim, you may appeal, and there are several different appeals available. Ultimately, you may wind up filing a suit in federal court. A lawyer with experience can help guide you through this process to make sure your family receives the help it deserves.