Vacuum extraction is a way to safely deliver a baby who is oversized, breeched, or taking too long to get out of the birth canal. However, in some cases, vacuum extraction is done in an effort to get the birth over with quickly and efficiently. If not done properly, vacuum extraction can cause serious birth injuries.
Vacuum extraction is a suction device placed on the baby’s head to apply pressure and encourage movement through the birth canal. This process is known to be risky. Vacuum extraction errors can cause bruises, skin abrasions, brain damage, bleeding in the brain, head trauma, nerve damage, and hematoma.
Doctors and other medical professionals may be negligent and liable for birth injury damage if they use too much force during the attachment or detachment of the suction device. Medical professionals may also be negligent if they expose the baby to too much suction pressure, or use the suction for an unusually extended period of time. If the doctor misses or overlooks certain risks inherent in the suction process, or fails to consider the mother or the baby’s condition, they can also be found negligent.
Mother’s put their lives and the lives of their newborn babies in the hands of trusted medical professionals. It is expected that medical professionals will use their years of training and studying to determine the safest course of action for patients. When this trust is breached, and injuries result, medical professionals should be held liable for their negligence.
Under the law, a family can recover for medical bills, lost wages or opportunities, physical therapy or ongoing care, and pain and suffering. In the event that the vacuum extraction’s pressure causes the baby to die, the family may recover for wrongful death.
A newborn baby is supposed to be one of life’s greatest joys. When an unexpected injury results, it is detrimental for the entire family. Caring for the injured child becomes a full-time job. As a result, if your family is struggling after a vacuum extraction or any other birth injury, you should contact an attorney who can ensure you receive your just compensation while you care for the injured child.