Doctors have used vacuum extraction for years, as a way to pull the baby down the birth canal during a difficult delivery. When this procedure is used, the vacuum extractor is attached to the baby’s head using suction. While vacuum extraction is usually safe, sometimes it is not used appropriately. That is the type of situation where birth trauma can arise.
It is important to realize that any amount of excess pressure can result in skull damage or brain injury. Some of the other complications that have been associated with vacuum extraction include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy or shoulder dystocia
- Bleeding in the eyes
- Brain swelling
- Internal bleeding
Since there are so many risks linked to the use of vacuum extraction, it is crucial that your doctor use the highest amount of care when using such a device. When vacuum extraction complications do occur, the medical staff has to take immediate action. If your child’s injury is not diagnosed right away, he or she could face long-term medical problems.
If your child has suffered a birth injury that you believe resulted from vacuum extraction, the Fort Wright birth injury lawyers at Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson may be able to help. When a doctor is careless and this negligence leads to serious injury, you may be able to hold the physician responsible and could be entitled to compensation.
For more information regarding your child’s vacuum extraction injury claim, contact an experienced Kentucky birth injury attorney at our firm today at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 or fill out our online contact form.
We represent clients in Northern Kentucky, including Covington, Boone County, Kenton County and Campbell County. We also handle cases in Louisville, Jefferson County and in areas of Ohio, including Cincinnati and Hamilton County.