Handling Complex Birth Injury Cases Involving Skull Fractures
Serving medical malpractice victims throughout Kentucky
Because a newborn’s skull is relatively fragile and not yet fully fused, doctors must take extra precautions to ensure that the skull is not damaged during childbirth. If a doctor is negligent, a skull fracture could lead to brain trauma causing long-lasting and permanent injuries. Crandall & Pera Law has helped children whose skulls were fractured during labor or delivery at Kentucky birthing centers. Our team of medical malpractice attorneys and registered nurses fully evaluate your case in order to better anticipate potential issues and eliminate those issues before they arise in a courtroom.
How skull fractures happen
A fractured skull may be the result of a genetic condition or the result of medical negligence. Some of the more common reasons of skull fractures include:
- Negligent use of forceps
- Negligent use of vacuum extractors
- Failure to diagnose CPD
- Failure to diagnose cephalohematoma (a condition which causes the baby’s head to swell because of blood under the scalp)
- Crushing the baby’s skull inwards
- Errors made during a C-section
The results of a skull fracture depend on the severity, but serious skull fractures could lead to internal bleeding, nerve damage and brain damage. The newborn may also suffer a seizure or a stroke if a skull fracture goes undiagnosed, and the blood begins to pool around your child’s brain.
Skull fractures may also be related to a congenital disease. Doctors who fail to monitor at-risk mothers, or fail to diagnose a congenital defect, could be held accountable for skull fractures that occur within the womb.
Catastrophic effects of a skull fracture
Newborns with severe or undiagnosed skull fractures risk developing seizure disorders. In some cases, they can present with diffuse ischemic injury as a result of a stroke. This condition is very serious, and could lead to the death of the child.
Crandall & Pera Law has helped victims throughout Kentucky whose children suffered a birth injury. Our team of registered nurses and medical malpractice lawyers have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We know the signs of a birth injury and the effects a skull fracture can have on your family.
Counsel for victims whose children suffered skull fractures
Crandall & Pera Law is a highly recognized medical malpractice firm in Kentucky. We have a special focus on birth injuries, and have helped clients obtain the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our locations in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky.