As a parent, your first concern is your child's immediate needs. As the shock of a cleft lip injury wears off and you start to plan interventions and surgeries and therapies to help your child recover, you start to ask yourself questions that need answering.
In the short term you may wonder are cleft palate surgeries covered by insurance? How will I pay for anything that is not covered by insurance? If your child's birth injury was caused by a drug such as Topamax then a legal recovery may be able to help you pay the bills.
A legal recovery may also help you answer other questions such as what are the long term effects of the birth defect on the person with cleft lip? The answer to that question for your child – depends on a number of factors including the severity of the birth defect, the surgeries received, and the degree to which the birth defect can be corrected and your child can lead a typical life.