Houston Caput Succedaneum Attorneys
If your child has swelling in their scalp after a difficult delivery, it may be due to caput succedaneum. In some cases, caput succedaneum is caused by the medical negligence of healthcare professionals. The complications of the condition range from relatively mild to severe. If the injury was caused by the negligence of a medical professional, you may be able to recover financial compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
At Williams Hart, we represent parents of children who are born with caput succedaneum. With our experienced attorneys, you can be assured that we are providing the best possible representation in your matter. We are committed to advocating on your behalf so that you can obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us right away at (713) 352-7071 so that we can evaluate your case.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Birth injuries are complex medical events and challenging cases to pursue in the courts and in settlement negotiations. In order to prove that a doctor or other medical professional did not treat you with the appropriate level of care, you will usually need to retain experts to review your medical records and provide a medical opinion regarding your child’s injuries. A lawyer who is accustomed to litigating birth injury cases will be in an excellent position to retain the required experts to prove your case.
If your child has been injured during the birth and delivery process, do not attempt to fight your case by yourself. An attorney will be able to evaluate your case and provide you with the options to move forward. They can gather evidence, hire experts, file court documents on your behalf, negotiate with insurance or opposing lawyers, and prepare your case for trial while you focus on your baby and your own health. With a lawyer on your side, you are more likely to receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Williams Hart to Handle My Case?
The attorneys at Williams Hart have recovered over one billion dollars on behalf of our clients. We have been in business for over twenty-five years, and during that time we have always prioritized our clients’ needs. If you have a potential case involving caput succedaneum, we would be honored to evaluate your situation and help you understand the options you have to potentially recover compensation.
Because the lawyers at our firm focus on injured people, including those whose children have suffered birth injuries, we have acquired highly significant experience in these cases. The attorneys at Williams Hart are well-respected in the field and have obtained accolades and awards that reflect a high level of achievement. Managing partner John Eddie Williams, Jr. has been named Baylor University’s “Lawyer of the Year.” He has also obtained a certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury law, meaning he has expert-level knowledge that the vast majority of lawyers do not have.
Williams Hart is the right choice to pursue your caput succedaneum matter, because we are committed to our Houston community. Your well-being is the primary consideration when we take on your case. We do not accept any payment up front, and will only receive payment for our services if we obtain compensation for you. This means you can hire us risk-free, regardless of your financial situation.
What is Caput Succedaneum and What Causes It?
Caput succedaneum typically occurs during birth and involves a buildup of fluid that causes swelling of the child’s scalp and discolored skin on the head. It can give the child’s head a “conehead” appearance. It is a common birth injury that occurs in situations with difficult labor. Before the child is delivered, the amniotic fluid and the mother’s womb protect the child’s head and provide necessary support. Pressure on the child’s head as the baby moves through the birth canal during delivery can cause swelling and discoloration that may resolve on its own. However, it is necessary to pay careful attention to the following signs and symptoms:
- Scalp swelling
- Bruising or hemorrhaging in the swollen area
- Abnormally molded head from pressure during delivery
These symptoms can be caused by long labor where the mother has to push for an extended period of time. Additionally, the following can contribute to caput succedaneum:
- Using forceps or a vacuum to assist the child in moving through the birth canal
- Attempts to maneuver the infant into a better position for delivery
- Water breaking early (membrane rupture) or low amniotic fluid
- Braxton Hicks contractions (contractions that occur before genuine labor)
A child with caput succedaneum may have symptoms that disappear on their own. However, the injury places the child at a greater risk of developing jaundice. Jaundice involves excessive bilirubin in the blood, which is typically removed by processes in the liver. When the substance builds up in the blood, it can cause a yellowing of the skin and eyes. More significantly, untreated jaundice can disable a child by causing injuries to the brain, deafness, and even cerebral palsy. These serious side effects must be monitored to ensure that your child receives appropriate care to manage the risks of greater injury. If your doctor or medical provider failed to assess your child’s caput succedaneum and symptoms effectively or let jaundice go untreated in your infant, you may be entitled to compensation.
Treatment for Caput Succedaneum
While many cases of caput succedaneum resolve on their own, at times medical treatment may be necessary. The child may need to wear a cranial-molding helmet for a particular number of hours every day to mold the head into shape. If jaundice occurs as a result of caput succedaneum injuries, the jaundice will need to be addressed. Phototherapy can address more mild cases of jaundice. In more severe cases, intravenous immunoglobulin treatments provide a blood protein that is a defense against antibodies in the blood. An infant may have excessive amounts of antibodies in the blood if the blood types of the mother and child are different. In some cases, an exchange transfusion may be needed to replace small amounts of the infant’s blood so that the child can fight the antibodies that have built up in their blood.
Medical Negligence in Caput Succedaneum Cases
In any case against a medical provider, your attorney will need to prove that the doctor or other medical professional was negligent. This means that they did not uphold the certain standard of care in providing medical treatment to you. In any situation involving medical care, a doctor or medical professional must treat you with the same level of care that another reasonable doctor would use in a similar circumstance. If the doctor who treated you did not provide this level of care, and your attorney proves that this caused injuries to your child, you will be entitled to compensation.
In cases involving caput succedaneum, you may be able to recover from medical providers if any of the following happened:
- The medical provider did not discover or treat membrane rupture appropriately
- Your doctor failed to advise alternative methods during a long or particularly hard labor
- The medical professional used forceps or a vacuum excessively
- Your doctor did not treat the symptoms of caput succedaneum, including jaundice, properly
In many cases, caput succedaneum is not preventable. However, in other cases, a doctor can take appropriate measures during pregnancy and delivery to minimize the injuries. Additionally, if caput succedaneum does affect your child, your doctor has a responsibility to provide appropriate treatment to reduce complications and dangerous side effects.
Compensation in a Caput Succedaneum Matter
If you find yourself in any of the above situations, you may be entitled to recover. The compensation you could potentially receive is based upon making your child and your family “whole.” This means that monetary compensation will be awarded that puts you and your child in a position that is as close as possible to what would have happened if your child was never injured.
If your child received a caput succedaneum injury at the hands of a negligent medical professional, the damages you could potentially recover for include the following:
- Medical expenses, which include all costs for doctor’s appointments, treatments, supplies, and medical procedures that are necessary to treat your infant’s caput succedaneum
- Lost wages for time off work while you care for your child
- Physical and psychological pain and suffering
If your child has suffered from caput succedaneum, contact us immediately so that we can evaluate your claim and determine whether a lawsuit makes sense for you.
Contact Us Today
At Williams Hart, our objective is to obtain the best results for you. A consultation with a trained member of our staff is always free, and we never charge you for any legal fees unless we recover compensation for you and your child. Do not hesitate to contact our birth injury lawyers today so that we can evaluate your case and discuss your legal options. Contact us on this website or at (713) 352-7071 now to schedule a free consultation.