Few injuries are as severe or life-changing as quadriplegia. Also known as tetraplegia, quadriplegia refers to a specific type of paralysis that affects all four limbs, as well as the trunk of the body. People with quadriplegia often face many unique challenges, from mobility issues to difficulties obtaining employment and even caring for themselves.
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Quadriplegia, or tetraplegia, is a type of paralysis that affects the legs, arms, and torso, or trunk. Often referred to as “paralysis from the neck down,” quadriplegia is actually a symptom of another injury or medical condition, such as certain cancers, spinal tumors and cysts, and more. In some cases, however, quadriplegia is its own condition, rather than a symptom of another problem.
There are two types of quadriplegia:
- Complete Quadriplegia: Complete quadriplegia occurs when there is no communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury. This means that people with complete quadriplegia lose all voluntary functioning of the body below the neck and may experience difficulties with certain automatic functions, such as breathing or bladder/bowel control.
- Incomplete Quadriplegia: With incomplete quadriplegia, some communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury is retained. As a result, people with incomplete quadriplegia may have some mobility, sensation, or control over automatic body processes, including deep breathing and bladder or bowel function.
Quadriplegia can also affect the muscles in two distinct ways. When the muscles remain limp and unable to move at all, the condition is classified as flaccid quadriplegia. In contrast, spastic quadriplegia occurs when the muscles work but involuntarily, leading to uncontrolled muscle contractions.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Quadriplegia?
Quadriplegia caused by spinal cord injury is often the result of the following types of events:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports accidents
- Recreation accidents
- Diving accidents
Quadriplegia may also be associated with the following medical conditions:
- Spinal tumors
- Spinal cysts
- Ischemia (lack of blood flow)
- Blocked/ruptured blood vessels
- Birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy
- Multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barré syndrome, and other autoimmune and inflammatory conditions
- Spina bifida, myelomeningocele, and other congenital conditions
More generally, many cases of quadriplegia are caused by the negligent and wrongful conduct of others. For example, a drunk driver who causes a motor vehicle accident, resulting in a severe spinal cord injury and partial paralysis, or a doctor who fails to respond to signs of fetal distress during delivery, leading to brain damage and cerebral palsy-related paralysis—both are instances in which another person’s negligent or unlawful conduct caused severe injury to another. In both cases, the liable party could be held legally responsible for the victim’s resulting damages.
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The exact effects of quadriplegia depend on the severity of the injury, the type of injury, and its location, among other factors. That being said, quadriplegia is considered a catastrophic injury in that it always has significant effects on the lives of victims and their loved ones.
The physical effects of quadriplegia often include:
- Partial or total loss of mobility (paralysis)
- Difficulty breathing, coughing, etc.
- Incontinence (loss of bladder/bowel control)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Chronic pain
- Partial or total loss of sensation
- Loss of automatic body functions, such as blood pressure regulation, sweating, digestion, etc.
These and other physical problems can lead to additional complications, such as a heightened risk of pneumonia, infection, and even death. Additionally, those with quadriplegia are likely to face numerous emotional, mental, and financial challenges as a result of their injuries.
At Brown & Barron, we help people with quadriplegia fight for fair compensation for their injury-related losses, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
Our Baltimore quadriplegia lawyers have extensive experience representing the severely injured and their families. We know how to hold liable parties accountable, and we are committed to doing everything we can to empower our clients and maximize their recoveries.
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