Although rare a skull fracture is cause for concern since it can lead to serious consequences. A newborn’s skull is flexible allowing it to come through the birth canal more easily, however this means it is more vulnerable to a birth injury.
Most skull fractures are caused by the use of instruments during childbirth. Doctors and other medical professionals, including midwives or nurses, may use forceps or vacuum extractors to aid in the delivery of a baby when there is a difficult delivery.
The severity of skull fracture, or linear fracture, depends on each infant. If the fracture does not cause the plates of the skull to move, this type of fracture may heal without any intervention. Depressed or more severe linear skull fractures are much more likely to cause symptoms and to have serious complications for the infant that may require therapy or surgery.
If you suspect your child has suffered a skull fracture as a result of a birth injury, you should speak to a lawyer to understand if you are entitled to any compensation to assist your child’s current and future quality of life.
There are various types of skull fractures that result from trauma during childbirth.
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