Kentucky Lawyers Representing Birth Injury Claims Resulting from Vacuum Extraction
A baby’s head is very susceptible to injuries during delivery. Any amount of excess pressure can result in damage to the skull or a brain injury. A doctor must use the utmost care when choosing to use medical devices to assist in the birthing process. He or she must question — is it safe? Which is the right choice — forceps or a vacuum extractor?
If your doctor made a poor decision or misused a vacuum extractor, he or she may have inflicted serious head trauma on your baby. Intracranial bleeding, a brain hemorrhage or nerve damage can impact your baby’s health for the rest of his or her life. Consulting a medical malpractice lawyer may be your best option for achieving the compensation you need and deserve following this tragedy.
Since 1986, the attorneys at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC, in Louisville, Kentucky, have worked with families facing birth injury complications. We understand the devastation you are feeling. To arrange a free consultation to discuss your potential lawsuit, contact us by telephone or online.
Types of Injuries Caused by Vacuum Extraction
In a normal delivery, babies pass through the birth canal without outside assistance. In a difficult delivery, it may be necessary to help the baby down the canal by using forceps or a vacuum extractor.
A vacuum extractor attaches to a baby’s head using suction. It pulls the baby down the birth canal. It can be a very useful tool, provided it is used appropriately, properly and with due care. Caution is important when deciding to use vacuum extraction because it puts infants at a higher risk for birth injuries including:
- Bruises, fractures, or scalp abrasions
- Blood spots on the skull
- Bleeding in the eyes
- Internal bleeding or swelling of the brain
- Erb’s palsy or shoulder dystocia
- Cerebral palsy
If these injuries are not diagnosed quickly or are misdiagnosed, your baby could be at risk for on-going medical problems or even death.
We Can Help You Find the Answers
A birth injury raises a lot of questions: What really happened? Who is at fault? What does the future hold for your child? Our firm wants to help you find the answers.
We carefully review medical records, interview delivery room witnesses and work with a team of experts to determine what caused your baby’s injury and who is responsible. We strive to hold negligent healthcare professionals responsible for their actions. By pursing compensation on your behalf, we work to help you provide for your child’s future medical needs.
Contact Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC, to discuss how we may be of assistance.