Infant head injuries are commonly due to the negligence or malpractice of a doctor or health care professional.
Infant skull fractures, bulges or head trauma, are generally minor and do not cause long term brain damage. However, the prognosis depends on the severity of the injury. Skull fractures or bulges can happen for a number of reasons during childbirth, and in many cases, these injuries are preventable.
If a birth injury to your baby is due to a doctor failing to respond correctly, diagnose a condition, or pay attention to a problem during and throughout birth, contact the experienced birth injury lawyers at Willens Law Offices. Coping with the cost of a birth related injury can be devastating. This financial burden isn’t one you should have to carry.
Vacuum Extraction Injury
During a difficult or stressful delivery, doctors often use a vacuum extractor to help deliver the infant. Doctors often claim that the use of a vacuum extractor is safer compared to the use of traditional tools such as forceps, because no metal comes in contact with the baby. However, vacuum extraction can also lead to a variety of complications if not used properly.
To help deliver the infant, the mouth of the vacuum is place on the infant’s head. It must be placed exactly in the middle of the head, and the baby is then vacuumed out of the birth canal. Complications may arise because an infants skull is delicate. Injuries can occur if the vacuum is negligently placed on only one skull plate, or too much pressure is applied between the skull plates. This can cause the membranes between the brain and the skin to swell with blood. This condition is known as cephalohematoma. When this happens, a soft bulge is created, which can easily be identified. Vacuum extraction can also cause skull fractures that can be diagnosed with a CT scan or MRI scan.
Forceps Delivery Injury
While not as common as the vacuum extractor, forceps are still sometimes used. They can pose a risk of injury for a baby if used incorrectly. The use of forceps can cause skull fractures and brain damage, especially if the doctor applies too much pressure on the infant’s head.
Symptoms of Skull Fractures
A child who has suffered a skull fracture may exhibit a range of symptoms including infection, anemia and jaundice. If the a skull fracture is serious it can cause traumatic brain injury. In this case, the baby may also show signs of brain damage such as irritability, behavioral changes, and sensitivity to sound and light. The symptoms may not be as easily identifiable in infants as they are in adults.
Contact a Chicago Birth Injury Attorney
Infant brain injuries are commonly due to the negligence or medical malpractice of a doctor or health care professional. When a doctor doesn’t follow the accepted standard of care, the results can be devastating.
If your baby was injured due to a doctor’s mistake contact Willens Law Offices today by calling (312) 957-4166 or by filling out our online contact form.