When you are waiting for your child to be born, we know there are so many things that go through your mind. What every parent hopes for is a smooth delivery and a healthy child. Unfortunately, there are times when a baby is born with medical conditions or birth injuries that are caused by the medical team during the birthing process.
At the Simpson Law Group, we want to help ensure that your case is heard and taken care of. If a medical professional has caused harm to your child during delivery, you may be eligible for compensation that goes beyond coverage for ongoing medical expenses. When you need a San Diego caput succedaneum birth injury attorney, contact us today.
Newborn babies do not have fully hardened skulls like adults. This makes them more susceptible to injuries, especially during childbirth. Sometimes, when a child is being delivered, as well as while in-utero, there may be a build up of bloody fluid under the scalp that overlays the part of the skull that is born first. This is called caput succedaneum.
Caput succedaneum is caused when pressure is placed on an infant’s head as it passes through the cervical opening and into the vaginal canal. Many of the causes of this injury are natural and are more likely to occur in long, labored deliveries.
However, caput succedaneum can be caused when a physician uses a vacuum delivery method of forceps during delivery if too much pressure is applied.
Common symptoms of caput succedaneum include the following:
In most cases, no treatment is needed for caput succedaneum and the symptoms subside over the course of a few days. If a physician attempts to drain the area of excess blood, this will just increase the baby’s risk for infection.
Jaundice is a possibility as the baby’s body begins to break down old red blood cells, which can lead to a buildup of bilirubin. Jaundice, if left untreated for too long, can lead to long-term health consequences including brain damage.
Your child depends on you for their care and protection. If they have suffered from a birth injury and you suspect it was caused by the actions of a healthcare professional, please seek legal assistance. Medical malpractice cases can become complicated. At the Simpson Law Group, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to investigate your claim and work towards securing the compensation you need. This can include:
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