There are times when certain issues exist during labor and it is difficult for the mother to deliver on her own will, doctors may look to alternative options to help aid the process. One of the instruments commonly used is a vacuum extraction tool.
This typically uses a soft or hard cup that the doctor applies to the top or back of the baby’s head. It uses a suction to help pull the baby out during delivery. While it seems like it can be helpful, there are a number of risks if the instrument is used incorrectly.
Muscle-Related Injuries That Can Arise
Because of the force of the suction and the potential issues preventing the mother from delivering on her own, muscle-related injuries can occur if the vacuum extractor is used incorrectly. There are a number of problems that can occur—as well as skull fractures.
The most common muscle-related injuries that can occur are brachial plexus injuries, Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy, shoulder dystocia, and more. Other physical damages can occur to retinal hemorrhages.
Aside from the visibly apparent injuries that can occur, there are some serious brain injuries that can occur and it could result in long-term damages. Vacuum extraction use can cause two major brain injuries of which you should be aware of.
Here are the brain injuries that may occur:
- Cerebral palsy is one of the most damaging injuries that can occur from improper vacuum extraction use. This is a condition that impacts the way the brain communicates with the muscles and can leave an individual with mobility disabilities.
- Brain hemorrhaging can be another serious issue. This is when enough damage is caused to the brain and there is severe internal bleeding in the brain. If there is enough bleeding, it can result in serious conditions, or in the worst-case scenario, this can be a fatal injury.
Beam Legal Team is dedicated to helping you if your baby suffered a serious injury as a result of vacuum extraction use. Our Chicago birth injury lawyers work together to build a strong case on your behalf, seeking the compensation you need and deserve to cover the expenses associated with the injury.
Contact us at (866) 766-3806 today for more information about your potential case.