Danville Cephalohematoma Attorneys
Cephalohematomas are injuries in which blood collects between the skull and scalp. This specific type of bleeding almost always occurs after a vaginal birth. It may lead to swelling of the head or part of the head and an elongated, oval head shape in newborn babies. It may last from weeks to months. If the bleeding is severe, there may be health risks for the infant, and the presence of a cephalohematoma often indicates a more severe underlying complication.
If your newborn son or daughter has been injured during birth by the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional then it may be appropriate to consider seeking financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. Contact the Danville cephalohematoma attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., at (217) 443-4343 to discuss your case with a compassionate and committed legal representative.
Causes of Cephalohematoma
This injury usually occurs due to the exertion of a significant amount of pressure upon the newborn’s head during childbirth. This could happen in the following ways:
- The mother’s cervix may cause this pressure naturally.
- The doctor may feel it is necessary to use forceps or a vacuum to assist in the delivery, and even when used properly, these techniques could cause the swelling of a cephalohematoma.
- Unfortunately, sometimes doctors err in their use of these instruments and cause the cephalohematoma through negligence.
Sometimes this swelling is benign and will simply fade away, but it still may be distressing to new parents. There may be other important health concerns, such as a fractured skull, that are indicated by a cephalohematoma.
No parent should have to deal with the unexpected trauma of a child’s birth injury, and the knowledge that the injury to their newborn was preventable can make this ordeal even more difficult. On top of the emotional difficulty, parents may face increased medical bills following a cephalohematoma or have a hard time returning to work after a traumatic birth.
If you are in this situation, you may benefit from the legal advice of experienced Danville cephalohematoma attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C. Contact us at (217) 443-4343 to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer today.