A caput succedaneum is a birth injury that leaves babies with swollen scalps and heads, as well as scalp and facial bruising. When a caput succedaneum injury complicates the birth of your baby, it can lead to additional ongoing complications.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at 1-800-222-9529 for a free consultation to help you determine if an obstetrician or other medical provider’s negligence led to your baby’s birth injury.
Caput Succedaneum Lawsuits & Injury Cases
You may be able to file a lawsuit against the health care professionals who handled your delivery if your baby suffered a caput succedaneum due to negligent action or inaction during your delivery. Were forceps or other vacuum-assisted instruments used incorrectly? Did your doctor fail to inform you of the risks of prolonged labor and delivery or offer other less stressful delivery options?
If your baby’s birth injury was due to a failure to meet the accepted standard of care during your delivery, you deserve recoverable damages. Those damages might include economic damages like current and future medical bills. It may also include noneconomic damages like the loss of quality of life.
A birth injury attorney can help you define the liability of each person named in your lawsuit and meet all applicable deadlines to file your claim.
Caput Succedaneum Types
A caput succedaneum occurs during vaginal delivery. An infant’s skull is not completely closed and hardened like that of an adult. Instead, it is composed of sections that grow and fuse together as the child grows. When the openings of these sections are under extreme pressure during birth, a buildup of fluid on top of the skull may result.
Caput Succedaneum Causes
Many factors can lead to a caput succedaneum. One of the leading causes is extreme pressure on the baby’s head as the result of a lengthy or difficult delivery. It can also result from forceps or other assistive instruments used during vaginal birth. In some cases, it is caused by prolonged Braxton-Hicks contractions or when the membranes that surround the baby rupture too soon before delivery.
Caput Succedaneum Symptoms
If you suspect your baby has caput succedaneum, they may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:
- Swelling or bulging under the skin around the scalp
- Bruising on the scalp or face
- An elongated or otherwise odd head shape
- Skull fractures
- Hearing loss
Caput Succedaneum Diagnosis and Treatment
While there is no formal diagnostic test to identify caput succedaneum, a physician can detect the birth injury with a thorough physical exam and assessment.
In most cases, the caput succedaneum might resolve itself in the days and weeks following the infant’s birth. In others, the bruising that results from this birth injury may lead to the onset of jaundice. Jaundice is a breakdown of bilirubin that results in a yellowish tinge to the baby’s skin. Untreated or undiagnosed jaundice can lead to serious medical conditions like hearing loss and brain damage.
Caput Succedaneum Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Know If My Baby Has Caput Succedaneum?
If your infant suffers from caput succedaneum, you might notice swelling, puffiness, and bruising on their head and face. Your baby may also have an unusually long or oddly shaped head or show signs of jaundice, be difficult to comfort, or require unusually delicate handling.
Can Caput Succedaneum Be Fatal?
Many cases of caput succedaneum resolve on their own two to six weeks after the delivery. In cases where jaundice develops, it can lead to serious injuries, brain damage, and hearing loss if left untreated or undiagnosed.
Who Is Liable For Caput Succedaneum?
Without the right legal help and support, determining who to hold liable for your baby’s birth injury can be difficult. You may have a claim for medical malpractice against the physician who delivered your baby, nurses, midwives, other health care professionals who were in attendance, or even the hospital itself.
What Is The Statute of Limitations For Caput Succedaneum?
The time limit on filing a claim for medical malpractice due to a birth injury varies from state to state. Contact a lawyer familiar with the laws in your state to learn more.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at 1-800-222-9529 to connect with a lawyer in your state. Your lawyer will help you understand and meet your time limitations and the merits and potential outcomes of your case.
Caput Succedaneum Glossary Terms
- What is a Cephalohematoma?
Like a caput succedaneum, a cephalohematoma can also result from the forceps and other delivery tools, as well as the pressure of the pelvic bones on the infant’s skull during delivery. It differs from caput succedaneum in that cephalohematoma consists of blood while caput succedaneum consists of fluid.
- What are Braxton-Hicks Contractions?
Braxton-Hicks contractions are random, intermittent contractions of the uterus that do not result in birth. They typically occur toward the end of a pregnancy and can be difficult for the mother to differentiate from actual contractions that do result in delivery.
- What is a Breech Birth?
A breech birth is one in which the baby fails to turn into the correct position for delivery. In these cases, the baby is delivered feet or buttocks first.
Find A Birth Injury Lawyer Near Me
If you are worried about the injuries your baby experienced as a result of vaginal delivery, we can help. You may be able to recover damages and peace of mind regarding your child’s current and future medical expenses and quality of life. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at 1-800-222-9529.