Epidural Hematoma

Experienced Epidural Hematoma Lawyers

Epidural hematoma (also known as an extradural hematoma) is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can result in serious, life-altering developmental disorders, including cerebral palsy (CP). Epidural hematomas in babies are often caused by compression or blunt-force trauma to the skull, usually occurring shortly before or during the birthing process.

This trauma can be the result of:

  • Prolonged or difficult delivery
  • Prolapsed or pinched umbilical cord
  • Mismanaged delivery
  • Improper use of birthing instruments, such as forceps and vacuum extractors

While blunt-force or pressure-induced trauma are the most common causes of epidural hematoma in babies, it can also be caused by a spontaneous hemorrhage, a stroke (usually the result of an infection in the amniotic fluid or maternal infertility) or a congenital defect affecting the baby’s brain or vascular system. Regardless of the cause, an epidural hematoma can cause permanent damage to the baby’s brain, resulting in serious, life-changing impairments.

If you suspect that your child has suffered a birth injury as a result of a medical mistake, please contact our in-house team of medical experts for a free, no-obligation review of your child’s medical records. With 40 years of experience representing birth victims across the country, the lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC (JJS) can help you find out what went wrong and obtain the compensation you deserve.

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Epidural Hematoma & Cerebral Palsy

Epidural hematoma often results in a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy – though this may not occur until months or years after the initial injury. In the interim, it is essential to observe the affected child’s behavior and development for common signs and symptoms of CP, including:

  • Missed developmental milestones
  • Lack of coordination and inability to grasp/hold objects
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle tone variations, from floppy to rigid
  • Slow speech or difficulty speaking
  • An extreme dependence on one side of the body
  • Difficulties walking
  • Difficulties interacting with the baby’s overall environment

If you believe your doctor or the medical staff may have been responsible for your child’s epidural hematoma, or if you believe they failed to treat your child’s injury properly, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorneys and medical experts at JJS for a free consultation. Together, we can help you get the justice you deserve.

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