Diagnosing Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
Unfortunately, certain children sustain serious brain injuries that cause them to develop serious disabilities, such as ataxic cerebral palsy. In order to verify that a child has developed this disability and should be provided with adequate disability management care, there are several important diagnostic options available.
How Is Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Diagnosed?
Depending on the type of cerebral palsy and the specific location of the brain injury, different diagnostic approaches may be able to definitively determine whether a child has this certain form of cerebral palsy. For ataxic cerebral palsy, which is characterized by intention tremors and a loss of coordination, these diagnostic measures may include the following:
- MRI, CT, or ultrasound neuroimagery tests
- Monitoring a child’s progress through major developmental milestones, such as a child sitting up on their own or first learning to speak
- Diagnosing associated disabilities, such as sensory or cognitive disabilities, that may reveal an underlying case of cerebral palsy
- Measuring infantile reflexes for infants, which may reveal motor disabilities
These tests, although crucial to taking the first steps towards helping a child improve their quality of life, can prove very expensive in some cases. Even minor medical monitoring from a doctor can considerably increase the cost of diagnosis, which can increase a family’s already high medical care expense burdens when a child has cerebral palsy.
If your family has been financially burdened because of a doctor or nurse’s negligent mistakes that caused your child to have cerebral palsy, a lawyer from the Driscoll Firm, may be able to help you fight for compensation for your child’s lifelong disability expenses. For more information about your full range of rights and options in pursuit of compensation, call (800) 305-9800 today.