Skull Fractures in Infants
Skull fractures in infants are rare, but they can occur during delivery. They are often caused by the misuse of a vacuum extractor or forceps. Even if the skull fracture itself was not caused by medical negligence, failure to detect and treat this birth injury may be.
Prompt diagnosis of a skull fracture is necessary because it can lead to an intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), which creates pressure. If the increasing pressure is not relieved, it can lead to brain damage or even death.
Common signs of an infant skull fracture include:
- Dented or deformed head
- Cranial lump
- Bruising around the eyes or ears
- Blood or other fluid leaking from the ears, nose or eyes
If your child suffered from a skull fracture during delivery or was a victim of a misdiagnosis, the birth injury attorneys at Pope & Howard, P.C. will help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Birth injury cases are among the most complex types of medical malpractice cases. Our birth injury attorneys have years of experience investigating and building these cases through a comprehensive analysis of medical records, consultations with physicians, and more.