Vacuum Extraction Birth Injuries in Chicago

Was Your Child Injured? Call Beam Legal Team at (866) 766-3806.

During assisted vaginal birth, a doctor may recommend using a vacuum extractor to aid in the delivery. Doctors sometimes recommend this practice when the mother becomes exhausted or the child’s heart rate causes concern. If a vacuum is used during delivery, a rounded suction cup is placed upon the baby’s head. The mother pushes while the practitioner pulls the baby’s head with use of the vacuum.

Vacuum extraction - baby in NICU

Improper Vacuum Use Can Lead to Mechanical Trauma and Brain Damage

The FDA has approved vacuum delivery under careful and limited circumstances. If the operator does not follow careful guidelines, it can lead to serious and permanent brain damage. Additionally, the child’s head needs to be low enough in the mother’s birth canal in order to safely use a vacuum.

Our firm has assisted parents in taking legal action against medical professionals who used a vacuum during delivery when the child was not appropriately positioned, therefore causing the child injury.

The improper use of vacuums can cause various trauma-related injuries such as:

  • Cerebral contusions
  • Tearing and stretching of brain tissue and blood vessels
  • Cerebral compression
  • Cerebral bleeds
  • Seizures
  • Motor and mental deficits
  • Trauma
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brain damage

Schedule your free consultation online to discuss the details of your case.

When Should Vacuum Extractors Not Be Used

Although there are circumstances when a vacuum extractor is appropriate and likely safe, there are scenarios in which a vacuum extractor should not be used. If the woman is less than 34-weeks pregnant, medical professionals should think twice. Other circumstances when a vacuum extractor should not be used include when the pregnant woman:

  • Has a blood disorder
  • Has a small pelvis
  • Has a previous negative experience with the use of vacuum extractor during pregnancy

The use of vacuum extractors should also not be used when the physician is inexperienced.

Need Answers? Contact Our Chicago Vacuum Injury Lawyers Without Delay.

Was your child’s birth injury caused by the negligence of a doctor? If your child sustained a birth injury because a doctor carelessly used a vacuum extractor during delivery, you may be entitled to compensation. Our firm has helped clients like you secured over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for children harmed by birth injuries.

Please give us a call to learn more about how we can help you address your child’s birth injury.


  • Beam Legal Team, LLC Our daughter, Marissa deserved the same care and treatment as any other child but when that didn't happen and the hospital where she was delivered went into legal mode, all our questions went unanswered. "What happened?" we asked, only to receive a response of "Not all babies are born pink and rosy". BS... Thanks to Jack Beam and Matt Patterson, we finally got answers and held the people responsible accountable. We wanted the truth, "No stone left unturned." was our motto during trial and they did exactly that! I can never thank them enough for what they did for our daughter and for us, giving us peace of mind in knowing Marissa will be taken care of for the rest of her life. God Bless you.
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