A lawyer can help you go after money damages if your baby sustained head trauma like caput succedaneum and cephalohematoma during labor and delivery because of the carelessness of a medical professional. It is essential to talk with a lawyer as soon as possible so that you do not miss the deadline for taking legal action and seeking compensation.
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An Overview of Caput Succedaneum
Caput succedaneum (CS) is one of the more common birth injuries to a baby’s head. Swelling and fluid can accumulate between the outer layer of the scalp and the tissue beneath the scalp, usually on the part of the head that emerges first during the delivery. When that happens, the baby has caput succedaneum. If there is a pooling of blood in those tissues, the condition is a cephalohematoma.
High pressure on the infant’s head can cause caput succedaneum (CS). These are some of the factors that can cause CS on a newborn:
- Difficult or prolonged labor subjecting the baby’s head to extended pressure against the interior surfaces of the birth canal.
- The amniotic sac ruptured too early, resulting in a lack of amniotic fluid to surround and protect the baby’s skull during labor and delivery.
- The doctor attaches a cup to the infant’s head to perform a vacuum-assisted delivery. Some medical professionals call this type of head injury an artificial CS.
Sometimes a fetus can develop CS before labor begins, because of factors like Braxton Hicks contractions and fetal positioning.
How to Tell if Your Newborn Has Caput Succedaneum
You can see a CS as soon as the delivery is complete. The injury is usually half an inch to an inch deep on the baby’s skull, with a swollen bulge on top. Often, the area has discoloration and feels softer than the surrounding tissue. In some vacuum-assisted births, the scalp is ripped away from the skull by the vacuum cup.
Caput Succedaneum vs Cephalohematoma
A cephalohematoma can be far more significant to your infant’s health than caput succedaneum. You need to know the difference between the two conditions in case the medical professionals tell you that your child has CS, but you suspect a more severe injury. Also, the same factors that can cause CS or cephalohematoma can cause other types of life-threatening damage to your newborn.
CS shows up at birth and gradually diminishes in size and appearance. CS usually disappears a few hours after the birth with no caput succedaneum treatment required, but it sometimes can take two or three days to fade completely.
Cephalohematoma is present after birth and will get worse over the first two or three days of the baby’s life. The bleeding continues after birth because of ruptured blood vessels, causing pooled blood to accumulate over time,
A CS bulge has an uneven outline. The injury can cross the midline or suture lines of the newborn’s skull. A cephalohematoma bulge has a well-defined outline and does not cross over the skull’s midline or suture lines. The infant can develop jaundice with either CS or cephalohematoma.
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Consequences of Caput Succedaneum
Caput succedaneum can cause the infant to develop a form of alopecia called the halo scalp ring. Depending on the severity of the head trauma, part of the scalp and tissue between the skull and scalp can die, resulting in hair loss. The scars from the damage and the hair loss can be permanent.
CS rarely develop complications, but a baby with a cephalohematoma might have an undiagnosed skull fracture or bleeding in the cranium. If a cephalohematoma gets infected, emergency surgery might be necessary. Some newborns need intravenous (IV) antibiotics for a month to six weeks.
Over several weeks, the baby’s body might reabsorb the pooled blood of the cephalohematoma, but close observation is essential. Cephalohematoma can calcify and become disfiguring. The baby might have to undergo an operation to shave off the bony malformations and reshape the skull. Some infants have to wear a helmet for up to 20 hours a day to reshape the head. The helmet treatment can continue until the baby is a year old or longer.
How a Lawyer Can Help You Seek Justice for a Birth Injury Like Caput Succedaneum
If you think that the carelessness of a medical professional might have caused your infant to sustain head trauma like caput succedaneum or a cephalohematoma during labor and delivery, a pediatric malpractice lawyer can help. We will fight hard to get you and your family all the compensation that you deserve.
It is a good idea to work with a lawyer from the beginning to avoid mistakes that could rob you of the right to seek financial compensation for the harm to your baby. The doctor’s malpractice insurance carrier will start to mount a defense strategy right away. You should not have to take on one of these billion-dollar corporations by yourself when you are also trying to take care of your injured baby.
We perform a thorough investigation of all the pediatric malpractice cases we handle. We will talk with you and collect the evidence to build your case for money damages. You might have a claim for things like:
- The additional medical expenses the head trauma caused
- Lasting impairment your infant suffers
- Long-term care costs in cases involving devastating damage to the brain
You might have compensable items in addition to these things. The losses you can recover will depend on the facts of your situation. Every case is different.
Getting Legal Help for a Head Trauma Birth Injury
Call Newsome Melton today at (855) 633-2757 to get started. You will not have to pay upfront legal fees. The initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation. If we take your case, we do not get paid until you win. While we handle your claim, you can focus on your child’s health and well-being, knowing that we are taking care of the rest.