Parents expect their children to be born whole and completely healthy, but that doesn’t always happen. Some birth injuries are signs it wasn’t bad luck that harmed your child. They could be signs of medical malpractice. Cephalohematoma is one of these.
If your infant was born with cephalohematoma, contact the Birth Injury Lawyers Group. We have birth injury attorneys in Minnesota who can help you get answers about what happened. You could also get compensation if we find that malpractice caused your child’s injury.
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A cephalohematoma is a swollen bump on the head. It’s caused when the blood vessels under the scalp get broken and bleed out. The skin swells up and creates a painful bump. These bumps can get quite large on an infant.
Most cephalohematomas clear up in a few weeks, but they can cause complications in infants like jaundice, anemia, and infection. In large ones, the blood may calcify and require surgery to remove. These bumps can also hide deeper head trauma like a skull bleed.
Since trauma causes these bumps, it raises questions about how the trauma happened. It may have been someone on your medical team. Whether because they used forceps too hard, or let a long labor go too long, they should have taken steps to prevent it.
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Risk Factors for Cephalohematoma
Malpractice cases can hinge on what a doctor doesn’t do, rather than a deliberate action. A doctor must examine the situation and make the best decision based on the risk factors. If a doctor ignores the factors that cause cephalohematoma then your child is at risk. Some of the risk factors for cephalohematoma include:
- Long labor
- High birth weight
- Wrong position in the birth canal
- Multiple gestation
- Weak uterine contractions
- Assisted delivery (e.g. forceps or vacuum extraction)
When Should I Contact a Minnesota Infant Cephalohematoma Lawyer?
All civil lawsuits have a deadline for filing called the statute of limitations, but for cephalohematoma cases you’ll need to call as soon as possible. Your baby’s injury may heal on its own if you wait too long, and that will make it hard to pursue your case.
We can help you preserve evidence of your child’s cephalohematoma and have them examined by a competent doctor for further injury. Malpractice cases require testimony from a doctor about the merit of a malpractice claim. If they can’t find the injury because it healed up, you may be out of luck.
However, most parents come to one of our lawyers once a cephalohematoma has complications. These complications can be dangerous, even life-threatening, for your baby. Help your child get the care they need by contacting us for a free consultation.
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Discussing Your Case with a Lawyer
The first task when you speak with a lawyer is to discover if you have grounds for filing a malpractice claim in Minnesota. Our attorneys can explain:
- Your rights to pursue compensation from your doctors
- Whether you have a case or not
- How strong your case is
- Minnesota birth injury laws
- The type of damages you may recover from your case
- Any legal deadlines for starting your case
If we believe that you have a case, your two main options are filing a claim with your medical provider’s insurer out of court, or suing your medical provider. We can assist with either option. Most cephalohematoma cases settle out of court.
How Do You Prove Medical Malpractice?
To prove negligence in a medical malpractice suit, our lawyers must show four things:
- There was a medical relationship between the defendant and your baby.
- The doctor breached their duty of care toward your baby by breaking the standards of their profession
- Those actions caused your child’s injuries
- The injuries created legal damages against your family, like unnecessary medical bills, pain and suffering, etc.
Proving these four things requires evidence. If we believe you have a case, we will start an investigation to get that information. We will use medical records, eyewitness testimony, expert statements, and more to understand what happened.
This information will also reveal the true value of your claim. You may be owed more than you think. Our Minnesota infant cephalohematoma lawyers will fight aggressively to get you every penny you deserve by crafting a strong case backed by solid evidence.
What Damages Could I Sue for in My Child’s Case?
When you sue, you’re demanding compensatory damages from the defendant to pay for a harm you’ve suffered. You can demand economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages pay for costs you’ve had to pay because of your child’s injuries. These include medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages (for parents), and more.
Non-economic damages cover the suffering caused by physical, emotional, and mental trauma caused by the accident. Pain and suffering is the most common one, but others may apply like loss of quality of life, disfigurement, and more.
Our skilled infant cephalohematoma attorneys in Minnesota will demand that all of your damages get paid for, not just the ones the insurers think you deserve to get. The hospital’s insurers will try to fight your claim, but we can fight back just as hard to get you justice.
Contact the Birth Injury Lawyers Group
If you live in Minnesota, have a newborn with a cephalohematoma, and you want answers, then it’s time to call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group. We will put you in touch with an experienced Minnesota infant cephalohematoma attorney. All consultations with our attorneys are free.
There is no financial risk to speaking with us. We only charge a fee if you hire us and we win your case. Learn your legal options to get cash compensation for your child’s medical care by contacting us now.