Vacuum Extraction Birth Injuries
Vacuum extractors are medical instruments that medical professionals sometimes use to help apply traction to the head of the fetus, in order to help in the child’s passage through the birth canal. Put simply, a vacuum delivery means placing a suction-cup like device onto the baby’s head and using the suction to pull it out of the womb. Such vacuum extraction methods are only meant to be used for extreme situations and they are only used in about 10 percent of births.
Vacuum extraction is commonly used when:
- Pushing and contractions have stopped moving the fetus through the birth canal and labor is essentially stalled.
- The mother suffers from a heart condition or some other condition limiting her ability to exert herself physically.
- The fetus is undergoing excessive stress from the labor, as indicated through a fetal monitor.
In a number of cases, an excessively long or non-progressing delivery can be dangerous for both the mother and the baby; and, when a vaginal delivery becomes less viable, a doctor must look at alternatives, such as a caesarean or an instrument-assisted delivery. Many of the doctors who opt to use vacuum extractors do so to avoid a c-section or to relieve fetal distress. If the doctor chooses a vacuum-assisted method of delivery, however, he or she must consider the fact that injuries can occur to the mother and birth injuries can affect the baby as a result. A number of such injuries can be somewhat minor, but many others can be extremely serious.
The possible complications that can result include from vacuum extraction include:
- Skull fractures, swelling and/or bruising
- Bleeding between the scalp and skull, also known as subgaleal hematoma
- Brain hemorrhages or swelling
- Brain damage
- Neonatal jaundice
- Cerebral Palsy
- Intellectual disabilities
- Developmental delays
Many of these complications can be life-threatening and many are life-altering, leading to a potential lifetime of medical care for the child. To make matters potentially worse, if the injuries are either misdiagnosed or not diagnosed immediately, these injuries can be exacerbated. If your baby has suffered birth injuries or developed a chronic condition due to the use of a vacuum extractor injuries, you should find a lawyer to help you recover everything you’re entitled to. Medical malpractice cases are always extremely difficult and complex due to the complicated nature of medical malpractice law, but also because of the underlying medical issues, which are always difficult for people to understand. When it comes to child injury cases, the stakes are higher than usual because of the emotional toll they take on the parents and because parents want to make sure their child is taken care of for the rest of their life.
Lopez McHugh: Philadelphia Vacuum Extraction Birth Injury Lawyers
Despite the emotional toll the parents feel, however, no one else is on their side. Hospitals, doctors and insurance companies will all hire a team of experienced and knowledgeable attorneys and experts to protect themselves, in order to try to deny your claim. That means the attorneys you hire to help you should also be highly experienced and able to deal with every aspect of your case. Contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Lopez McHugh LLP today, so that we can examine the facts of your case and explore your options for protecting your rights.