November 25, 2020

Caput Succedaneum

If your newborn suffered from caput succedaneum at the hands of a negligent healthcare provider, your family deserves justice. Get help from an experienced Kentucky birth injury lawyer. 

No expecting parent ever expects there to be severe, life-threatening complications during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Sadly, complications and medical mistakes happen far more frequently than you might have thought. When this happens, the parents of the newborn may be able to get justice for their child.

At Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, we take birth injuries, including caput succedaneum, seriously. If we are able to take on your case, your Kentucky birth injury lawyer will work tirelessly to obtain the compensation that is rightfully yours.

What Is Caput Succedaneum?

Caput succedaneum is the swelling of a baby’s scalp. It is most commonly caused when pressure is placed on the baby’s head as the baby is delivered head-first. It can also happen in deliveries where a vacuum extractor is needed to deliver the baby.

Some of the common signs of caput succedaneum include:

  • Bruising on the baby’s scalp
  • Puffy swelling on the baby’s scalp, including swelling that extends to the baby’s scalp midline
  • Increased molding of the bones in the baby’s head
  • Hemorrhaging of the baby’s scalp

Every case is different, but when caput succedaneum occurs, it can often be diagnosed during a prenatal ultrasound. If the proper prenatal care is not provided to the mother by her healthcare providers, the baby could be left with serious complications, including some that can lead to cerebral palsy and severe brain damage.

Your Kentucky birth injury lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, can help you seek justice for your baby and ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their negligence.

Birth Injury Lawsuits for Caput Succedaneum

In order for your caput succedaneum birth injury lawsuit to be successful, your lawyer will need to be able to prove that your healthcare providers, and potentially the hospital, are directly responsible for causing your baby’s injuries.

After closely examining your family’s losses and calculating the value of your claim, your birth injury lawyer will file a malpractice claim with the liable party’s insurer. It’s possible that the insurance company will settle your claim fairly, and you won’t have to go to court.

Other times, the insurer refuses to settle reasonably or your losses exceed their financial obligation. In these cases, you may have to bring your caput succedaneum claim to court so you can maximize your birth injury settlement and bring the at-fault party to justice.

You can expect your injury lawyer to do everything possible to obtain the compensation your family needs and your baby deserves after the birth trauma you’ve endured because of a negligent or irresponsible healthcare provider.

Contact a Kentucky Birth Injury Lawyer About Your Caput Succedaneum Case

When you are ready to get started on your birth injury lawsuit for caput succedaneum but aren’t sure where to start, reach out to a respected Kentucky birth injury lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC. You can reach our office by phone at 502-253-9110 or through the online contact form we have provided at the bottom of this page.