Vacuum Extraction Birth Injuries in Chicago
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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.
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
- Motor and mental deficits
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
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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.
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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.