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Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy Solicitors - Medical Negligence Compensation

If you would like legal advice at no cost on personal injury compensation claims for spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy just use the solicitors helpline, complete the contact form or email our lawyers offices and a specialist medical negligence solicitor will telephone you with no further obligation. Following a review of the circumstances of the injury and of the medical records you will be advised whether your child has a reasonable claim and if so, what steps you should take to protect your legal right to receive compensation. All of our lawyers use no win no fee arrangements to represent their clients which means that if your cerebral palsy solicitor doesn't achieve settlement then he doesn't get paid his professional costs and the client does not receive a bill for legal costs.

Our medical negligence solicitors have offices situated in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, and Sydney. Do yourself justice - give us a call.

Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy Overview

Quadriplegia, sometimes referred to as spastic quadriplegia, is a type of cerebral palsy distinguished by a patient’s inability to move and/or feel both arms, both legs, as well as other parts of the body. Children who suffer with quadriplegia usually have other corresponding disabilities associated with the condition, such as an inability to control muscles, including those of the tongue and mouth, trouble speaking and mental impairment. Some children may also experience hemiparetic tremours, which are characterized by uncontrollable shaking of the limbs on one side of the body, resulting in a lack of normal movement.

Another issue that individuals with quadriplegia face is a buildup of fluid in the spine due to leaking dead cells. Certain medications, such as steroids and diuretics, may help with this issue, as well as some types of therapy and other surgical procedurures. Proper medical treatment is essential to manage the complications that can arise in patients who suffer with quadriplegia. In some cases, the abdominal area may weaken causing difficulties with respiration. A specialized bandage, called an abdomen binder, can support these muscles providing relief. Special stockings worn on the legs help reduce the chances of blood clots forming, and moving the patient into various body positions will prevent sores from forming due to pressure.

It is also quite important to continually monitor the heart rate of an individual with quadriplegia. A slower than normal rate may need medication to correct. Other visible symptoms, such as fecal matter that is too hard, can signal high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, autonomic dysreflexia, as well as several other issues. This is all due to an over active nervous system. A person with an over active nervous system is more prone to experiencing heart attacks, bouts of high blood pressure and strokes. Tubes can be inserted into the body in an effort to provide or remove extra fluids; however, they should always be closely monitored.

As quadriplegia develops, it can be recognized by a decrease in the normal muscular tension typically found in the muscles of the legs and arms. There is usually a loss of general sensation and an inability to control the limbs below the areas of the spinal cord that sustained the injury. It is, unfortunately, common for people with quadriplegia to die from of a lack of voluntary control over organs and muscles in the body needed to breathe properly, resulting in respiratory distress and, ultimately, respiratory failure. Due to this issue, patients with quadriplegia often need special health care providers to tend to their condition. To maintain breathing as normally as possible, a machine called a respirator may be beneficial, as this will artificially breathe for the patient.

Quadriplegia is a particularly complex form of cerebral palsy to manage. In many cases, a person suffering with this condition will need permanent hospitalization, or a live-in health care provider available to administer ‘round the clock care. It takes a great deal of dedication, not only the part of trained medical staff, but also the family members, to care for the individual and ensure their overall health and well being. Physical and emotional support is the best form of treatment a patient can receive and, although these individuals may not be able to readily show their appreciation; they do feel your compassion and your caring demeanour does matter.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here