Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

What Is Ataxic Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy encompasses a class of conditions that result when a child’s brain is damaged before or during birth.  Depending on the nature of the damage, the disorder may involve problems with sensation, muscle tone, movements and coordination.  In some cases, the child’s muscles may be too stiff.  In other cases, the muscles are too flexible.  When children develop ataxic cerebral palsy, they suffer from poor coordination and diminished muscle tone.

Indications of Cerebral Palsy

According to the National Institutes of Health, ataxic cerebral palsy is one of the rarest types of cerebral palsy.  A child with ataxic cerebral palsy will be shaky and unsteady.  His or her depth perception and sense of balance will be compromised, and he or she may walk with a wide gait to keep from falling down.  These children also tend to present with tremors.  They are unable to hold small objects without shaking, and they may have trouble with related tasks, such as writing or using a fork.  The severity of ataxic cerebral palsy varies considerably.  While some children exhibit diminished function, others are completely incapacitated by the condition.  Some medicines are available to reduce the symptoms of ataxic cerebral palsy, but there is no cure.

Do a Lawyer Specialize Only in Ataxic Cerebral Palsy?

Generally, no.  But many lawyers do specialize in birth injury cases.

You likely do not need to be told this, but children with ataxic cerebral palsy will not lead a completely normal life.  If your child developed ataxic cerebral palsy during delivery, the doctor or hospital responsible for the child’s care may be at fault.  If so, you may be entitled to compensation.  An ataxic cerebral palsy lawyer will be able to review your child’s medical files, research the hospital involved and determine whether medical personnel are responsible for the child’s condition.

If the attorney finds that a doctor and/or hospital is responsible for your child’s ataxic cerebral palsy, he or she can file a lawsuit on your behalf in order to recover damages. If you win the lawsuit, you may receive compensation for the cost of your child’s past and future medical care.

Find an Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

Our website publishes statistics on medical malpractice lawyers.  You can begin looking for a qualified ataxic cerebral palsy attorney right here on our site.  We offer search tools, statistics and other information to help you in your search.  If you would like us to help you compare cerebral palsy lawyers, we can do so.  Please do not hesitate to contact us directly.  We can help find a cerebral palsy lawyer.