Hematoma During Birth – A Dangerous Condition to Face


When a child is in the process of being born, he or she is making a difficult journey. Birth is difficult both for a mother and the child, as the infant’s entire world is changing radically and he or she must in effect run through a gauntlet in order to arrive in the world safely. Fortunately, infants have medical professionals on hand to help them along this journey and to protect them should anything dangerous and unforeseen arise. Unfortunately, this is not always what happens and medical professionals will not only fail to help, but will greatly hinder this journey. Infants who suffer through this experience can pay a heavy price.

There are several different types of injuries that an infant can endure while in the process of being born, and one of the most common is generally known as hematoma. Below you will find a brief overview of hematoma as well as descriptions of two different types of this problem as well as the consequences that can be attached to such an injury. Anyone whose child has been injured by the negligence of medical professionals needs to obtain the help of experienced New York medical malpractice lawyers as soon as possible.

Hematoma – A General Description

Hematoma is a medical term that describes a condition whereby blood gathers in an area outside of blood vessels, capillaries or arteries, or in essence the places where blood should be. When blood gathers in surrounding tissue anywhere in the body, it can obviously create serious complications for a patient and treatment is necessary. There are two specific types of hematoma that someone can experience.

One of those types is known as Cephalohematoma. Cephalohematoma is a type of hematoma whereby blood gathers and coagulates in an area between the skull and the periosteum. In addition, patients can suffer from what is known as subdural hematoma, which occurs deeper in the brain and involves blood gathering between the middle and outer layers of that organ. Each of these conditions ranges in severity, but for those cases that are severe or those that are not treated the results can be disastrous.

Hematoma and Birth Injury

This is particularly true when these conditions arise in newborns. Unfortunately, infants can suffer from hematoma after they have had trauma inflicted onto their heads during birth. This leads to hematoma on the brain, and any damage that’s done to the brain during birth can lead to a lifetime of consequences. When medical professionals apply too much pressure to the skull area with forceps or other tools, this is what can happen and these are the challenges that the baby can face throughout life.

If your child has been harmed during birth as a result of negligence, you need to seek the help of New York medical malpractice lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of families for more than 40 years. Contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.