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Infant Bruising and Delivery Error

Infant bruising may be caused by the delivery error. Bruising may also be caused by misdiagnosis or mistreatment of certain medical conditions. Some birth equipment might cause bruising on the body or head of your child and lead to serious medical challenges. Instruments that are designed to “tug” like vacuum equipment and forceps are often involved in these cases.

Medical professionals have an obligation to use the appropriate equipment in a safe manner and, when they fail to do so, they should be held accountable. If your child has been hurt due to someone else’s negligence or improper care, please don’t hesitate to call out birth injury lawyers for some help!

How Does Infant Bruising Happen During Birth?

A newborn baby may suffer tremendous pain if they experience bruising as a result of a medical error during labor and delivery. This is reason enough to investigate and, potentially, litigate. Those who caused a newborn suffering should be held accountable. Additionally, if a baby suffers bruising during delivery, it may be a symptom of much more severe injury or medical challenge. A child with bruising may have also suffered brain injury, infant broken bones, shoulder dislocation, suffocation or another severe injury. Determining the extent of the injuries is vital to the baby’s health.

Medical professionals who provide services that are below the standard of care should be stopped. They must not be allowed to continue providing inadequate medical care. More children may be injured. More families may suffer devastation.

Infant Bruising and Misdiagnosis

Bruising may be caused by poor diagnosis and treatment of certain medical conditions. Injury during delivery is one cause of bruising in newborns but there are others. Bruising may be caused by jaundice and can also result from a host of delivery challenges. In many cases where bruising occurs, the doctors or other medical providers may have not ordered a cesarean delivery or taken appropriate measures to avoid infant bruising.

These and other medical conditions may be caused or made worse by medical services that are below the standard of care. In some cases, these conditions should be identified before labor and addressed effectively before harm is caused to mother and child:

  • Caput Succedaneum: bruising and swelling of the scalp from birth trauma
  • Cephalohematoma: a hemorrhage occurring beneath a baby’s skull
  • Hemophilia: bruising may be a sign of this blood condition

All bruising in newborns is cause for worry. Medical professionals caring for newborns must identify the cause of the bruising and treat the underlying issues. They should offer clear explanations for their treatment decisions. Medical professionals must be proactive because bruising in newborns can be a sign of a very serious medical condition.

Contact an Injury Lawyer Today!

If your newborn has suffered bruising, take action, demand answers, and seek out professional legal help if necessary. The experienced Boston personal injury lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law are here to help you get the legal advice you need. Call our Boston law office at (617)-391-9001. Babies who suffer bruising due to medical errors deserve justice. This is especially true since bruising can be a sign of much more serious complications. These complications may impact a newborn throughout childhood and beyond.

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