Ataxic cerebral palsy is one of several subtypes of cerebral palsy. One of the more rare forms of cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy accounts for no more than ten percent of all cases. Other types of cerebral palsy include spastic, athetoid, and mixed. Like all forms of cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy is typically caused by an injury to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth. Physical brain trauma, infections in the mother, blood disease, severe jaundice, or hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain), can all lead to cerebral palsy.
Sadly, cerebral palsy sometimes results from a physician’s preventable mistake. If you feel your child may have been afflicted with cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice, please contact us for a FREE consultation with an experienced and caring medical malpractice attorney.
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Characteristics
Ataxic cerebral palsy typically arises when the part of the brain responsible for balance and motor learning is damaged. While symptoms of ataxic cerebral palsy vary widely, some of the more common symptoms are:
- Poor muscle coordination
- Weak muscle tone
- Poor balance
- Unnatural gait
- Slowness in completing tasks requiring fine motor skills
- Various visual and auditory difficulties
Cerebral Palsy and Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice often occurs as a result of the negligence – intentional or not – of a medical professional. Doctors, nurses, and others in the medical community have an obligation to provide a certain standard of care to prevent harm to patients. When they fail in this obligation, the results can be disastrous. While not necessarily intentional, doctors and other healthcare professionals may make errors that result in serious conditions such as cerebral palsy.
If you suspect that your child’s cerebral palsy is the result of medical malpractice, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses, including emotional suffering as well as medical and other costs associated with a lifetime of cerebral palsy treatments.
Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with one of our caring and competent medical malpractice attorneys who will explain your legal rights, answer all your questions, and carefully examine your case to determine whether your child’s cerebral palsy was the result of a medical accident.