During labor, there are times when a mother may have trouble pushing and delivering the baby, prolonging the time of labor. It is in these situations that doctors may look towards birth-assisting tools to help aid the delivery. One of the tools commonly used is a vacuum extractor. This device consists of a soft or hard cup applied to the top and back of the baby’s head. It is used with suction to help the baby out of the birth canal and complete the delivery.
Unfortunately, these types of tools are not always used correctly and any type of error can result in a birth injury. There are various complications that can arise due to the improper use of a vacuum extractor, including:
- Skull fracture
- Intracranial bleeding
- Shoulder dystocia
- Scalp wounds
In some situations, improper use of a vacuum extractor can also cause injury to the mother, such as lower genital tract tears or anemia due to blood loss. Some of the main injuries that the baby can suffer from may lead to cerebral palsy and other lifelong conditions that can alter the child’s development or ability to enjoy life. These are serious issues that are preventable with proper use of vacuum extraction tools.
If you believe your child has suffered an injury due to misuse of a vacuum extractor, you must look out for specific symptoms that could impact your baby. Some of the symptoms associated with vacuum extraction injuries may include weakness or paralysis of the arm, a claw-like hand, or those often caused by skull fractures.
If an obstetrician’s negligence has resulted in you or your baby sustaining a serious injury, it is important to understand what options you may have and what you can do to right the wrongs you have endured. At Jordan, Herington & Rowley, ourDenver birth injury attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of families who have suffered losses at the hands of negligent doctors. If you or your baby has suffered an injury, we may be able to help. You don’t have to go through the legal process on your own – let us stand by your side so you can focus on your child and your recovery.
Call us today and learn more about your potential lawsuit.