For expectant parents, the birth of a child is a wonderful experience. You have waited months to finally meet your child and introduce him or her to the rest of your family and the world. Unfortunately, a bruising birth injury may turn a joyous day into a stressful one. The last thing you want for your child is to be injured because a healthcare professional failed to do their job. Your family should not have to endure hardship because you trusted negligent healthcare professionals. If your child was a victim of a bruising birth injury during delivery, you should speak with an experienced Baltimore bruising birth injury attorney today.
The attorneys at Bennett & Heyman, P.A. have extensive experience dealing with various types of birth injury and medical malpractice cases. Our attorneys have fought for residents of Baltimore and across Maryland and are prepared to fight for you and your family. To schedule a free consultation for your case, call us at (410) 845-2385, or contact us online using our short submission form.
Common Causes of Infant Bruising Injuries
Most infant bruising birth injuries occur during the infant’s passage through the mother’s birth canal during delivery. While many of these bruising injuries will heal over time, other bruising injuries are sometimes aggravated by medical errors committed by physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Long and difficult births often result in a child receiving a bruising injury. There are several reasons for a difficult birth, such as:
- Larger babies that weigh over eight pounds which make it difficult to squeeze through the birth canal
- Premature childbirths where a small infant’s body is easily injured in the birth canal
- The infant’s head is too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis, also known as cephalopelvic disproportion
- Breech births where the infant’s feet or backside is positioned towards the birth canal instead of the infant’s head
It is the responsibility of the doctors and other medical staff to closely observe the mother and unborn child and ensure the delivery goes smoothly. If healthcare professionals witness that the delivery is endangering the well-being of the child or mother or both, they have a duty to suggest safer delivery methods, such as a cesarean section.
Types of Contusions Caused During Childbirth
Besides contusions (bruises) that occur naturally during childbirth, contusions can also occur when medical care providers use medical instruments to assist the delivery.
One medical instrument that is used to assist delivery is forceps. Forceps are used like tongs to attach to the head or appendages of an infant and extract them from the mother’s birth canal. Unfortunately, some doctors and healthcare professionals fail to apply the correct amount of pressure when using forceps, causing the baby to suffer severe bruises to their head or arms.
Another method that is used by healthcare professionals during delivery is vacuum extraction. Vacuum extractions can cause contusions to an infant’s scalp. Vacuum extraction may also cause the baby to suffer from deep lacerations or cuts.
The negligent use of these medical instruments, or the failure of medical professionals to safely perform a delivery, can cause a baby to suffer from certain medical conditions. One of these medical conditions is caput succedaneum (CS), identified by bruising to the soft tissues of a baby’s scalp. While CS can be caused by the pressure of the mother’s uterus or vaginal wall against the infant’s head, it is most likely to be caused by improper use of vacuum extraction. If untreated, CS can lead to other serious health issues like severe jaundice, brain damage, and in rare cases, death.
Cephalohematoma is another medical condition that can be caused by improper use of medical equipment. Cephalohematoma is the gathering of blood beneath the bones of a baby’s skull. This condition can be identified by a lump on top of the baby’s head. Excessive blood pooling caused by cephalohematoma can cause an infant’s red blood cell count to drastically drop, requiring the infant to need a blood transfusion. Like caput succedaneum, cephalohematoma can also cause severe jaundice.
Medical professionals should be fully aware of dangerous conditions during delivery. They are obligated to keep you and your child as safe as possible throughout the process. Medical professionals who do not take action during crucial moments of delivery, or who fail to diagnose a medical issue during delivery, may be sued for medical negligence. To learn more about birth injuries and when you can sue healthcare professionals, like OB-GYNs, for medical malpractice, you should speak with an experienced Maryland birth injury lawyer.
Baltimore, MD Bruise Birth Injury Lawyers Will Fight for Your Child
If a healthcare professional injured your child during delivery, you should consult with a medical malpractice lawyer immediately. The firm of Bennett & Heyman, P.A. have fought for years to hold medical care providers responsible for their negligent actions. Our diligent bruising birth injury lawyers will utilize their experience to help you, and will fight hard for your family to receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (410) 845-2385 or contact us online.