Quadriplegia refers to a type of spastic cerebral palsy in which all four limbs are affected. Like other types of spastic cerebral palsy, quadriplegia is marked by stiff or permanently contracted muscles. However, the severity of the condition will vary from child to child. Those with moderate spastic quadriplegia may be able to sit by themselves, walk short distances and perform similar tasks, while those with more severe cases tend to have great difficulty with the various aspects of day-to-day life.
Regardless of the severity, children with spastic or other types of cerebral palsy often face a lifetime of physical and emotional struggle. If your child has spastic quadriplegia as a result of medical malpractice or negligence, you should know that you have options. Please contact us today to speak with a qualified medical malpractice attorney who can help you understand your legal rights.
Causes of Spastic Quadriplegia
While many cases of spastic cerebral palsy cannot be traced back to any single cause, there are a number of risk factors that may increase a baby’s chances of developing the condition. Some of the more common risk factors include:
- Low birth weight
- Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen to the brain
- Severe meningitis
- Brain hemorrhaging
- Other birth injuries
In some instances, doctors and other medical professionals make errors immediately prior to, during, or after birth that cause the child to develop cerebral palsy. Although not necessarily intentional, medical mistakes do occur. For instance, a physician or nurse may fail to treat risk factors for cerebral palsy during a woman’s pregnancy or may inadvertently injure the baby’s brain during delivery.
Spastic Quadriplegia Treatments
There are a number of cerebral palsy treatments aimed at improving spastic quadriplegia or other effects of the condition. These treatments may include physical therapy, surgery, drug therapy, mechanical devices, and more. It is vital to work with a team of trained medical professionals who can customize an individual treatment plan that can help your child improve the quality of his/her life.
Spastic Quadriplegia and Medical Malpractice
Doctors and others in the medical community have an obligation to provide their patients with a reasonable level of care. When those in the healthcare profession fail to meet this obligation, intentional or not, they can be held legally accountable.
If your child suffers from a form of cerebral palsy, like spastic quadriplegia, that you believe is the result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to seek compensation to help cover past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with one of our caring and competent medical malpractice attorneys who will answer your questions, explain your legal rights, and help you determine a possible course of action.