Vacuum extractors may be utilized to assist with the birth process, but if used incorrectly it can cause a tragic birth injury in the newborn. A baby may suffer from brain bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Parents who are agonizing over the injury of their newborn, may want to know what they can do to seek justice. An attorney can provide legal counsel to parents who want to take action for what happened.
Brain Bleeding Due to Improper Vacuum Use
The most common symptoms of brain bleeding in the newborn due to poor vacuum use during delivery, are respiratory challenges, apnea, irritability, seizures, and altered level of alertness. If the doctor suspects brain bleeding, he or she may order head imaging testing to be done on the newborn immediately. The best ways to detect newborn brain bleeding is with an ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI. When consulting with an attorney, please bring medical documents related to the delivery and birth injury so we can properly advise you on what steps to take next.
When the Medical Team Failed to Observe Injury
The doctor, nurses, and medical team may have missed symptoms that a birth injury occurred from the use of a vacuum. Or, the doctor may have turned a blind eye to obvious symptoms, out of fear of the repercussions from making a mistake. If a baby sustained brain bleeding, the longer he or she goes without treatment, the more critical the damage can become. If an injury became permanent, the parents may begin to notice that something isn’t right when their baby hasn’t reached key growth milestones.
Do Not Submit a Complaint
By the time parents reach our offices, they have already tried to find justice through contacting the hospital directly with a complaint. However, in many cases we may advise against this, because a medical facility may do whatever they can to hide that they are at-fault for the birth injury. The hospital may even go as far as destroying evidence that shows how the doctor or medical staff misused the vacuum extractor. Despite wanting to do something right away, we encourage people to contact us first for a strategic approach to setting things right.
Getting Legal Assistance
If your newborn was moved through the birth canal using a vacuum extractor, and now has birth injuries which led to conditions like seizure disorders, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), or cerebral palsy, an attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. Finding out that your doctor committed a huge error which led to the baby being harmed, can be an anguishing thing for parents to go through. Through legal guidance, insight, and strategy, your attorney can fight for a sense of justice for such devastation.
Please call for a free consultation with a birth injury lawyer. They will do what is within their power to see that you get the retribution you deserve for the heartache and any financial loss.