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What is a hematoma?

If a mother’s obstetrician acts carelessly or recklessly during labor, the baby may have serious health problems after birth. One form of medical malpractice during labor is to inadvertently injure the infant, perhaps while trying to aid in vaginal delivery.

One type of injury a new baby can suffer while being born is an intracranial hematoma. This refers to blood collecting outside the brain after a blood vessel ruptures in the brain or underneath the skull. The blood collects between the tissues layering and surrounding the brain. Pressure builds, possibly causing cerebral palsy, chronic seizures, and even death.

An intracranial hematoma should be treated as soon as possible. Emergency surgery can relieve the pressure, and medication may help with post-surgical recovery. A doctor who fails to take care of an infant’s hematoma immediately may be providing less-than-reasonable care.

An infant with a intracranial hematoma may display symptoms like:

  • Difficulty feeding
  • Pale or blue coloring
  • Seizures
  • Excessive vomiting
  • Extreme sleeping
  • Shrill, high-pitched crying
  • Low muscle tone

An intracranial hematoma can cause a seizure condition. Medication can help control the seizures. Brain damage from the hematoma can also cause cerebral palsy, which causes lost or impaired motor function, can also result. This can make life more difficult for your child, and cost more in therapy and medical care.

A negligent doctor should be held responsible for mistakes he or she makes during labor or in the baby’s first days of life. Besides a possible apology and explanation, financial compensation is one of the best ways for parents to obtain justice.

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