Vacuum Extraction Injury
What is a Vacuum Extraction?
Vacuum extraction is a delivery technique commonly used to assist in birthing when a mother cannot deliver by herself and a forceps delivery is not possible. Ordinarily, the vacuum effectively aids in the birthing process. However, when the equipment fails or utilized incorrectly by medical personnel, serious birth injuries occur.
Vacuum Extraction Injuries for Mothers
A vacuum extraction poses a risk of injury for both mother and baby. While most of these risks are also associated with vaginal deliveries in general, they’re more likely with a vacuum extraction. Vacuum extraction injuries for mothers include:
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Injuries to the bladder or urethra
- Wounds and tears in the lower genital tract
- Perineum Pain
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Women who undergo episiotomies (a cutting of the vagina to aid in the birthing process) during vacuum extraction are also at higher risk for infections and postpartum bleeding.
Vacuum Extraction Injuries for Babies
Babies face a number of unique risks from vacuum extraction. In fact, some of the most common injuries for babies include:
- Scalp or facial injuries
- Facial Palsy (temporary or long term weakness in the facial muscles)
- External eye trauma
- Skull fracture and/or bruising
- Shoulder dystocia
- Subdural hematoma (bleeding within the skull or brain)
Long Term Effects of Vacuum Extraction
While there is the possible risk for the baby to sustain minor injuries during a vacuum delivery, it is also possible for them to receive severe injuries. Long term effects of vacuum extraction injuries include not only include spinal injuries, brain damage, and paralysis, but also, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, and even death.
Vacuum Extraction Injury Attorneys
If your child suffered an injury during a vacuum extraction then you should immediately contact Lopez McHugh LLP. Our vacuum extraction injury attorneys provide confidential consultations. There is no upfront cost for working with us and we work on a contingency fee basis so you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.