Vacuum Extraction Injury

Queens Vacuum Extraction Injury Attorney

Seek Justice for Your Child's Vacuum Extraction Injuries

A vacuum extractor is a medical device used during childbirth to assist in the delivery of a baby. While this tool can be helpful when used appropriately, its misuse can lead to serious injuries.

Our experienced Queens birth injury attorney is dedicated to helping families navigate the aftermath of vacuum extraction injuries. At the Law Office of David A. Kates, PLLC in Queens, New York, we are committed to providing compassionate legal support and securing the justice your family deserves.

Call (718) 866-3664 or fill out our online contact form to discuss your situation with our knowledgeable legal team.

What is Vacuum Extraction Delivery?

A vacuum extraction delivery is a medical procedure performed during childbirth using a vacuum extractor. This device, equipped with a suction cup, is applied to the baby's head to assist in the birth process. Doctors should consider vacuum extraction when a prolonged or difficult labor necessitates intervention to protect both the baby and the mother.

Risks Associated with Improper Use of Vacuum Extractors

When doctors misuse vacuum extractors, the consequences can be devastating. The misuse of vacuum extractors often stems from common errors such as the application of excessive force, incorrect placement of the vacuum cup on the baby's head, or a failure to follow the proper procedures for its use. For instance, using too much force can cause direct trauma to the baby's head, while improper placement can lead to uneven pressure distribution, both of which can result in serious injuries.

Common Injuries from Vacuum Extraction Errors

The injuries resulting from the misuse of vacuum extractors are varied but can include:

  • Cephalohematoma: This is a condition where there is bleeding between the baby's skull and the periosteum, the membrane that covers the outer surface of all bones. This can cause a raised bump on the baby's head and may lead to jaundice or anemia.

  • Subgaleal Hemorrhage: This involves bleeding between the baby's scalp and skull. It can lead to severe blood loss and shock if not treated promptly.

  • Facial Nerve Injury: The facial nerves control the muscles used for facial expressions. Damage to these nerves can lead to paralysis of the facial muscles.

  • Skull Fractures: These can occur when excessive force is used, potentially leading to brain injuries.

  • Intracranial Hemorrhage: This is bleeding within the skull or brain, which can cause brain damage and other neurological problems.

  • Brachial Plexus Injuries: These are injuries to the network of nerves that send signals from the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm, and hand. They can result in weakness, loss of sensation, or paralysis in the arm.

  • Brain Injuries: These can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage, affecting a child’s cognitive and physical abilities.

  • Erb's Palsy: This is a condition that causes weakness or paralysis in the arm due to nerve damage.

  • Shoulder Dystocia: This occurs when the baby's shoulder gets stuck behind the mother's pelvic bone during delivery, which can lead to fractures or nerve damage.

The misuse of vacuum extractors is a serious issue that can profoundly impact a child's life. It's crucial for medical professionals to use these devices with extreme care to prevent such detrimental outcomes.

Identifying Symptoms of Vacuum Extraction Injuries

Injuries resulting from vacuum extraction misuse can present a range of symptoms, including:

  • Swelling on the baby's head

  • Bruising or redness on the baby's head

  • Changes in the baby's cry

  • Seizures

  • Paralysis or weakness in the baby's facial muscles or limbs

  • Cognitive or developmental delays

Legal Support for Vacuum Extraction Injury Cases in Queens

Our dedicated attorney at the Law Office of David A. Kates, PLLC is well-versed in birth injury cases involving vacuum extraction injuries. We understand the medical complexities and legal nuances of such cases. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the birth injury and work with medical experts to build a strong case on your behalf. If your family is facing the challenges of a vacuum extraction injury, we are here to help you pursue the compensation you need.

Contact our Queens Law Firm at (718) 866-3664 for a Free Consultation on Your Vacuum Extraction Claim.


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