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What is infant hematoma?

In many cases when a doctor delivers a baby, he or she will use a vacuum-type device to assist in the birth process. This device can pose a risk of infant hematoma and hemorrhaging - a birth injury that may have lasting effects on the child's life - a result of improper protocol by the medical staff.

Infant hematoma is caused by a collection of blood in the space between the outer and middle layers of the covering of the brain. It is most often caused by torn and bleeding veins as a result of a blow to the head, such as the use of a vacuum extractor. The Food and Drug Administration has received numerous reports of deaths and injuries among newborns where this device was used.

Signs of infant hematoma include:

· Head swelling

· Lethargy

· Coma

· Convulsions

Did you doctor fail to properly diagnose your child's hematoma? This may lead to serious medical repercussions and you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who will guide you through the legal process and advise you on your rights and options when it comes to filing a malpractice lawsuit.

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