Lawsuits When a Newborn is Injured
Did your child suffer the birth injury called cephalohematoma, which is a buildup of blood under the scalp? If the injury was severe enough to require medical intervention, then you might be able to file a claim against the medical team that caused it. 'Maggio | Thompson, LLP and our cephalohematoma lawyers can help.
We’re a law firm that assists with difficult birth injury cases that other firms are not equipped to manage. Not only do we have the legal experience needed to carefully negotiate a fair settlement, but we also have trial attorneys on staff who can take your case to court. When we are in front of a judge and jury, the true extent of our abilities shines through.
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What Causes Cephalohematoma?
A medical provider’s error is often the root cause of a cephalohematoma injury. It is typically caused by physical trauma inflicted to the child’s skull, such as due to metal forceps that are misused. It can also be caused by too much pressure applied to the newborn’s skull, which can happen if the child gets stuck during labor, or the doctor pulls too forcefully while delivering the child.
How Long Does Cephalohematoma Last?
Cephalohematoma can last a varying amount of time depending on its severity:
- Mild: In mild cases, cephalohematoma can be resolved within a few days and with minimal treatments.
- Moderate: In moderate cases, the blood bump caused by cephalohematoma might take weeks or months to clear, and there could be a risk of complications.
- Severe: In severe cases, cephalohematoma will not heal correctly and a doctor might need to drain the blood buildup manually.
Is Cephalohematoma Dangerous?
Do not mistake cephalohematoma as just a “cosmetic” injury that will go away on its own. The blood buildup could be an indication of a severe head injury or another complication. Also, an untreated blood buildup can cause an infection that leads to brain damage like cerebral palsy (CP). If you notice something is wrong with your child’s head or scalp, please notify a medical professional immediately.
Damages in Cephalohematoma Cases
In a cephalohematoma lawsuit, you might be able to pursue damages related to a severe case of the birth injury. Mild and moderate cases often do not cause enough harm to warrant a claim or lawsuit because this type of infant head injury is common. About 2% of all newborns will suffer cephalohematoma but in mild cases that cause no issues.
If your child’s cephalohematoma is severe, though, you can demand damages related to their necessary medical care, pain, and suffering. If the injury causes a permanent debilitation or disability, such as a brain injury, then further damages could be demanded.
Protect Your Child’s Future – Call Our Firm
Your child’s well-being and livelihood could be jeopardized if they suffer a severe case of cephalohematoma and no legal action follows. With a claim managed by our attorneys, you can pursue all the damages you and your child require, though. We won’t stop fighting until we’ve done the most possible for you and your child!
For questions about cephalohematoma lawsuits, call (601) 265-6869.