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  • Spinal Cord Injuries Make Conceiving a Child Costly

    On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm posted in Spinal Cord Injuries on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.

    Starting a family is often a time of excitement and eagerness for couples. Colorado parents may look forward to bringing their baby home from the hospital or choosing a name for their child. For some parents though, the period of time in which they prepare to have a child is filled with anxiety and frustration instead of excitement.

    A new report states that many veterans have difficulty conceiving after their service ends due to a serious back injury. For these veterans, who may have suffered injuries to their spinal cords or pelvic areas, in vitro fertilization is the most promising method for conceiving a child. Unfortunately, in vitro fertilization is very expensive and can require many attempts for it to be successful.

    Most veterans’ insurance will not cover all of the costs of in vitro fertilization. There is currently a bill in the Senate, though, that would give veterans more hope of having conception expenses covered.

    The inability to have a child can greatly impact a couple’s marriage. As one veteran’s wife explained, she and her husband had talked for a long time about having children after he returned. Before this could happen, her husband was paralyzed in Afghanistan, making it impossible to conceive without the help of in vitro fertilization.

    People in any profession can experience the pain that comes from being told it may be impossible to conceive a child due to an injury. Spinal cord injuries resulting from car, workplace, or sporting accidents may significantly alter a person’s future. If a couple had previously planned to have children and an injury resulting from an accident has made this a challenge, seeking legal help to receive compensation for the costs of conception may help a couple be able to start a family as they had hoped.

    Source: Huffington Post, “Veterans benefits bill would expand fertility coverage,” Eric Tucker, Aug. 19, 2012