The condition known as cephalohematoma refers to a collection of blood in a newborn infant’s head, and is a health condition that can be quite dangerous. Cephalohematoma often appears as a bulge or bump on a baby’s skull and is generally the result of a tear or damage done to the periosteum, which is located near the skull. In many cases, cephalohematoma is caused during birth because of a doctor or nurse’s negligence. Even a minor injury during birth can lead to cephalohematoma, which can be a painful condition for a newborn baby.
Complications of Cephalohematoma
Cephalohematoma may have many different complications, not the least of which is discomfort for the newborn infant. Additionally, in trying to treat the cephalohematoma, a doctor or other medical professional may cause further damage or complications, including the following:
- Tearing of nearby blood vessels
- Nerve damage
- Hemorrhage / bleeding
- Cranial pressure
- Emergency surgery
These complications caused by a cephalohematoma can be extremely hard for both the infant and the parents to deal with. Fortunately, in this situation, the party responsible for the birth injury may be held legally accountable for the many repercussions associated with the cephalohematoma.
Facing a serious birth injury in your newborn infant is extremely difficult and the attorneys of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP understand this. At (617) 426-4488, you can discuss your circumstances, the possible legal actions that you can take against the doctor, nurse, or other medical professional who contributed to your baby’s cephalohematoma, and the likelihood of obtaining financial compensation.