Complex Birth Injury Cases Involving Skull Fracture
Attorneys Serving Medical Malpractice Victims Throughout Ohio
The fetal skull is fragile and the bones comprising it are not completely fused at birth, making it very susceptible to fracture. A skull fracture can be caused by trauma, by the head being forced against the pubic bone during labor, or by negligent use of instruments or other procedures during labor and childbirth. Depressive skull fracture in childbirth puts pressure on the brain, and can lead to brain injury and permanent disability. Medical professionals must, therefore, exercise great care to prevent skull fractures from occurring, especially when using instruments such as forceps or vacuum extractors.
From offices in Cincinnati, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland, Chesterland and Columbus, Crandall & Pera Law’s team of Ohio birth injury attorneys and Registered Nurses has helped numerous Ohio families whose children sustained skull fractures during labor or delivery. We evaluate our clients’ cases not just with legal expertise, but also with sympathetic understanding. Our lawyers’ past experience defending medical malpractice cases places them in a strong position when it comes to anticipating issues likely to arise in a courtroom and formulating strategies in response to them. We go the extra mile to obtain fair compensation for clients whose children require costly, specialized treatment and education because of medical malpractice injury at birth.
How Skull Fractures At Birth Happen
Although fetal skull fractures sometimes have natural causes they are, more often than not, the result of medical negligence during labor and/or birth. The most common reasons for fetal skull fractures include:
- Negligent use of instruments such as obstetric forceps and vacuum extractors.
- Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD), a condition in which a baby’s head is too large to fit through the birth canal, is not diagnosed timely. When labor begins the fetal skull is crushed against the mother’s pelvic bone. In CPD the safest delivery for mother and baby is always a C-section.
- Cephalohematoma, a condition in which blood accumulates under the fetal scalp, is undiagnosed. As the area between the scalp and the skull fills with blood, pressure causes the skull to fracture and the brain to be damaged.
Skull fractures may also result from the effects of maternal disease on the processes of labor and birth. An incomplete or incorrect medical history can leave a doctor unaware of conditions that are likely to cause birth complications like fetal skull fracture.
Effects Of Fetal Skull Fracture
The consequences of skull fractures do not necessarily depend on severity or length. Even minor fractures, especially when depressed, can cause intracranial bleeding, increased intracranial pressure and brain damage. These may cause seizures or stroke-like paralysis, or loss of function that can be fatal. Brain injury at birth can also lead to crippling cognitive and physical disabilities in childhood. The financial strain on the family because of treatment and specialized education costs is often devastating.
Crandall & Pera Law has helped families throughout Ohio whose children have sustained birth injuries. Our team of Registered Nurses and medical malpractice lawyers has secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. If your family is suffering because medical negligence has harmed your child, please call us at once. We want to help.
Legal Counsel For Families Of Children Affected By Skull Fractures At Birth
Crandall & Pera Law is a highly recognized medical malpractice firm in Ohio. We place a special emphasis on birth injuries, and we have helped families throughout the state obtain the compensation they deserve for acts of life-shattering medical negligence. Let us be your advocate. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to reserve a consultation with an experienced Ohio birth injury lawyer. We have five offices conveniently located in Cleveland, Columbus, Chagrin Falls, Cincinnati and Chesterland.