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Spastic quadriplegia is a form of spastic cerebral palsy that affects all arms and legs of the affected person. It is characterized by stiff movements and joints. This is generally detected during childhood when motor skills of children do not develop properly. In general, spastic quadriplegia is caused by damage to the brain that occurs before the child is born or who were born in an environment with many additional complications. When a mother is pregnant with a child, it is crucial that a doctor monitor the development of her baby and any complications that may arise during the pregnancy.

Was your child born with spastic quadriplegia? You may be entitled to recover damages to cover their medical expenses, rehabilitation, and emotional suffering that has resulted from this injury. Our St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys are familiar with the needs of those that have been harmed. Find out more by calling our office for a complimentary consultation.

Symptoms of Spastic Quadriplegia

Spastic quadriplegia is characterized by all four limbs being very stiff, but the individual may have a neck that appears to be "floppy," because they have no voluntary control of their neck. Because the individual has limited control of his neck and tongue muscles, their speech may be impaired, with the possibility of uncontrolled drooling. They may also suffer from seizures.

Individuals with spastic quadriplegia are susceptible to scoliosis because of the jerky nature of this condition. This deformity occurs over time, and will make walking even more difficult. Some other complications or deformities that may develop:

  • Ankle equines: the ankle cannot flex normally, causing the individual to walk on his toes
  • Foot drop or drop foot: the individual has difficulty raising the front of the foot
  • Difficulty swallowing because of diminished muscle control: this condition makes adequate nutrition a constant battle
  • Bladder and bowel difficulties

Because of the impaired speech, communicating with an individual with spastic quadriplegia may be challenging, which may make assessing their IQ level difficult. It has also been found that individuals with this condition may have moderate to severe mental retardation.

Getting Your Child the Help They Need With an Attorney

While there is no cure for spastic quadriplegia, there are treatments that can make life more comfortable and afford more mobility for an individual with spastic quadriplegia. Such treatments include physical therapy strengthens limbs and prevents muscles from becoming stiff and constricting abnormally, surgery can also be used to correct any deformities that may occur and make individuals more mobile, and medications can be administered to reduce some of the spastic or jerky movements and manage seizures. When your child has suffered at the hands of a doctor, you should not be accountable for these treatments.

Call Millikan Wright, LLC when your child has been harmed. We are trusted throughout the St. Louis area when a personal injury has been suffered, and take care of your case through its resolution. Fill out a complimentary case evaluation to get started with our team and take steps to hold negligent doctors accountable for their actions!

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