Ataxic cerebral palsy is a developmental disorder affecting movement. In this article, we define the term “ataxic cerebral palsy” and explain how it relates to birth injury law.
Ataxic cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects motor function. It can affect the hands, arms, legs, feet, eyes, and speech. Ataxic cerebral palsy is characterized by difficulty with balance and coordination and caused by damage to the brain’s motor control centers. Children with ataxic cerebral palsy have a hard time controlling their movements and struggle with precise movements such as writing and grasping small objects.
Ataxic cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the cerebellum before, during, or shortly after birth. The cerebellum is a part of the brain responsible for coordinating motor function. It works by translating balance and coordination commands from parts of the brain like the motor cortex to the central nervous system, helping to regulate posture and motor learning and communication.
The cerebellum can be damaged in multiple ways including:
Signs and symptoms of ataxic cerebral palsy include:
Treatments for ataxic cerebral palsy include:
One of the main causes of ataxic cerebral palsy is an injury to the cerebellum during childbirth. This can be caused by a number of factors including mistakes on the part of the healthcare team such as:
All of these actions constitute a failure to meet the duty of care owed by a healthcare professional and may be considered medical malpractice.
If your child has ataxic cerebral palsy caused by negligence on the part of a medical professional, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain, and suffering. It is recommended that you speak to an experienced birth injury lawyer who will be able to help you navigate your case and get the compensation you deserve.