Infant Birth Injuries Due To Vacuum-Assisted Delivery
In a shift away from the use of forceps during vaginal births, vacuum-assisted delivery of babies has become more prevalent over the past 20 years.1 Unfortunately, this type of infant delivery carries a number of risks, including the potential development of neonatal intracranial hemorrhages, convulsions, or encephalopathy.2 Strict protocol must be adhered to in instances where vacuum-assisted delivery is the procedure of choice. When protocol is not followed, or is improperly implemented, short-term or permanent birth injury may result for the baby, the mother, or both. In situations involving provable medical malpractice negligence with regard to infant birth injuries caused by vacuum-assisted delivery, seeking professional legal help is an important step. In cases in which infant birth injuries due to vacuum-assisted delivery are permanent, costs and other related considerations must address future care needs as well as current ones.
In provable infant birth injury cases involving vacuum delivery, acquiring expert legal assistance can help you secure fair compensation to cover a variety of related needs, including:
Mental health care
As with other birth injury negligence cases, birth injuries due to negligent vacuum-assisted births may result in lifelong medical and functional requirements, making it crucial to obtain sufficient monetary compensation commensurate to meet them. In addition to basic costs for medical care, medication, transportation, and other essentials, price increases over time need to be considered.
Seeking experienced legal help with regard to your baby’s birth injury due to negligence during a vacuum-assisted birth as soon as possible is important. Providing your birth injury lawyer or legal team with specific and thorough details during an initial consultation can aid in assessing your potential birth injury negligence case and in developing an effective, inclusive legal plan to help fight for your rights. Family members and others who attended the birth or who have facts regarding your baby’s birth injury may also provide important, useful information.
Holding each healthcare professional, medical facility, and/or other entity involved responsible for the actions that potentially led to your child’s birth injury is a focus for experienced lawyers and legal teams. As part of a legal plan, they may enlist the services of expert witnesses. In addition, experienced birth injury lawyers may be able to provide valuable birth injury resources.
If your baby has sustained a birth injury, contacting an experienced lawyer or legal team for an initial consultation can be beneficial. It is helpful to thoroughly research information about lawyers or legal teams who specialize in birth injury cases, or if possible, who specialize in vacuum-assisted birth injury negligence lawsuits.
Many lawyers and legal teams offer free initial consultations. At Mallard & Sharp, P.A., we specialize in a wide variety of cases, including birth injury negligence cases. To schedule a free initial consultation with our expert legal team call 877.662.5527 or 305.461.4800.