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The dangers of negligent vacuum extraction during childbirth

Posted on April 14, 2015 4:07 pm under Medical Malpractice

Vacuum extraction is performed when the baby has still not been pushed outside the birth canal despite labor. This type of assisted delivery is recommended if the cervix is fully dilated and the membranes have ruptured. Vacuum extraction should also be done in a facility capable of performing a C-section if necessary.

When done negligently, vacuum-assisted delivery may pose a myriad of risk to babies, some of which include:

  • Wounds in the scalp
  • Fracture in the skull
  • Fracture in the collarbone
  • Brachial plexus

Unfortunately, a disorder called cephalohematoma can also result from faulty vacuum extraction. Serious cases of cephalohematoma might lead to other, more severe and sometimes life-threatening risks, such as jaundice and liver failure, especially when left untreated.

To learn more about taking legal action against a negligent medical practitioner, speak with a personal injury attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling our Madison office at (414) 271-0900 today.