Skull Fracture Birth Injuries Can Have Life-Long Effects on Your Child

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You may be glad to know that birth injuries are becoming increasingly rare as time passes. Still, each time one occurs it can shatter the dreams that parents have for their new baby. In vaginal births, most infants come into the world head first, so the head often bears the brunt of the challenges when there is a difficult delivery. Although they are rare (about one in every 1,000 births), sometimes a skull fracture may occur from the forces of labor and delivery. Often skull fractures could have been prevented if the doctor and other medical professionals had adhered to an acceptable standard of care during labor and delivery. When your newborn’s skull fracture was caused by negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the doctor and the hospital.

The West Tennessee birth injury lawyers at Bailey & Greer, PLLC are interested in discussing your case. We are here to answer your questions and to offer sound, legal advice pertaining to your situation. If your child’s injury was indeed caused by medical malpractice, we will protect your right to compensation to cover medical expenses and your emotional pain and suffering from your child’s injury. Let a Memphis or Jackson birth injury attorney at one of our offices help you.

Causes of skull fracture during labor and delivery

Rather than just being a single piece of bone, the skull of a newborn is comprised of smaller pieces of bone that are connected to one another. The bones of the skull protect the brain and they also support the facial structures. In a difficult delivery when a baby’s head might be too large to pass through a too narrow passage in the mother’s pubic bone.

Vacuum extractors and forceps are commonly used to help guide the baby along. However, if they are used improperly, have an inherent defect, or are used in an emergency situation, they can easily crack or crush the bones softer skull, leading to permanent brain damage.

Types of skull fractures

The three different types of skull fractures that happen during childbirth include:

  • Linear skull fractures, which appear as a thin line in the cranial bone.
  • Depressed skull fracture, an injury that can cause parts of the skull to sink inward, and they leave lacerations on the baby’s scalp.
  • Occipital Osteodiastasis, a rare complication that occurs during delivery when there is a traumatic separation of the joint between the squamous and lateral portion of the occipital bone. Blood is then able to pool in the posterior fossa.

Symptoms that accompany skull fracture injury in newborns

Fortunately, a skull fracture is easy to spot in a newborn. After the fracture has occurred and the wound bleeds inside the child’s head, the membrane between the skin and the brain begin to swell. This is referred to as cephalohematoma. A small bulge will appear on the head. Other symptoms of skull fracture include:

  • Anemia
  • Infection
  • Jaundice
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory distress
  • Apnea

A skull fracture in a newborn is almost always completely preventable and they tend to occur when doctors use excessive force in delivering the child, when they do not use their instruments properly, or when they do not exercise good judgement in carrying out their work. Being in a rush, fatigue, lack of training are all factors that might contribute to a doctor’s negligent actions.

While you are dealing with the uncertainty of caring for an infant who has suffered a skull fracture at birth, our work is to pursue justice on your family’s behalf. We investigate your case and pursue compensation for medical expenses, any residual disabilities and your emotional pain and suffering. We are prepared to either pursue litigation or settle your case, whichever makes the most sense.

Schedule a consultation with a Tennessee birth injury attorney today

They joy that comes with the birth of a new baby can be shattered when the baby suffers injury and trauma at the hands of their doctor. At the law firm of Bailey & Greer, PLLC we understand the pain and devastation that parents experience when they discover that their perfect newborn child received a skull fracture injury due to medical negligence. We are here to protect your rights to compensation when your child has been injured by medical malpractice. We are unrelenting advocates for the injured in Memphis, Jackson and throughout West Tennessee. You are welcome to call the law office of Bailey & Greer, PLLC at 901-680-9777 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers.