Important Information About Vacuum Extractor Injuries
Accomplished birth injury attorneys in Kentucky
At Crandall & Pera Law, we help families throughout Kentucky whose child has suffered a birth injury due to various forms of medical negligence. Our team of experienced medical malpractice attorneys, registered nurses and legal staff provide one-on-one counsel to clients to evaluate your case and provide answers. Our attorneys are highly recognized by numerous objective attorney ratings services that evaluate our ethical practices as well as the results and trial victories we achieve through our thorough attention and care to your case. If your child developed an injury or condition because of negligent vacuum extractor use, Crandall & Pera Law will help evaluate and prosecute your claim to the fullest extent.
How a vacuum extractor works
A vacuum extractor is used during natural childbirth to help the baby make his or her way out of the womb. A small suction cup is placed on the head of the infant to create suction, and then a hand pump or mechanized pump creates a vacuum.
The reasons for and risks of a vacuum extraction
Like forceps, a vacuum extractor may be used to help with delivery. A vacuum extractor may be used in the following situations:
- A mother is exhausted from pushing
- A baby’s fetal heart rate pattern indicates a need for delivery, only if the doctor or midwife feels that baby can be delivered safely and in a short period of time
- A mother has a medical condition that prevents her from pushing
If a child is exhibiting signs of fetal distress – changes in heart rhythm, decreased movement due to lack of oxygen – it is imperative that doctors help the baby through the birthing process. If the labor is left unassisted, the child could suffer permanent injuries. But vacuum extractors pose their own risks. A medical professional who is negligent or untrained in the use of the device could cause your baby harm. Some of the risks of vacuum extraction include:
- Bruises and lacerations on the scalp or face
- Crushed skulls
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Brain injuries
- Cerebral palsy
In some cases, a vacuum extractor can do more harm than good. If the child is too large for the birth canal, is premature, or is displaying signs of infection or seizures, an emergency C-section may be needed. Crandall & Pera Law has helped families who were affected by birth injuries, and recovered millions of dollars for victims to help with much needed medical care, specialized home nursing care and the equipment necessary to care for a birth injured child.
Advocating on behalf of birth injury victims in Kentucky
Crandall & Pera Law is an experienced medical malpractice law firm with a special focus on birth injuries. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to discuss the details of your situation at no cost to you. We have convenient locations in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky.