Skull Fractures During Birth Injury Attorneys

Skull fractures during delivery are rare but they can occur.   Skull fractures are generally one of the following types:

  • Linear Skull Fractures: where the bones remain aligned despite the presence of a break. 
  • Diastatic Skull Fractures: a fracture along the suture lines, which is where the skull will later fuse as it develops
  • Basilar Skull Fracture: this is a fracture at the base of the skull.
  • Depressed Skull Fractures: generally caused by trauma to the head and results in the skull being depressed inward.

A skull fracture may be the result of medical negligence caused by either the misuse of a vacuum extractor or forceps or from dropping the baby or other issues during delivery.   In addition, the failure to detect and properly treat a skull fracture can be medical malpractice.  If a baby has suffered a skull fracture, prompt diagnosis is necessary because a skull fracture can lead to an intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), which creates increased pressure. If the increased pressure is not alleviated, it can lead to brain damage or even death.  A skull fracture can also result in significant impairments such as deafness, paralysis, loss of sight, developmental delays, etc.

Some of the most common signs of a skull fracture include:

  • Seizures
  • Dented or deformed head
  • Cranial lump
  • Bruising around the eyes or ears
  • Blood or other fluid leaking from the ears, nose or eyes
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to noise and light

After diagnosis, some skull fractures do not require any additional medical treatment other than observation.  However, more serious skull fractures require surgery and possibly follow-up therapy for rehabilitation.

If your child suffered a skull fracture during delivery or was the victim of a misdiagnosis of a skull fracture, the medical malpractice attorneys at The Law Offices of John Day can help you and your family get the answers and the justice you deserve. John Day is board-certified in Medical Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. Best Lawyers has recognized John Day in the field of medical malpractice every single year since 2007.  In addition, Best Lawyers has named John Day the Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year for Nashville not once but twice.  Because of his reputation and experience, John has repeatedly testified in front of the Tennessee Legislature regarding Tennessee's medical malpractice laws and changes to those laws.  In addition to a keen understanding of Tennessee's medical malpractice laws, our lawyers stay abreast of the medical issues with the help of our staff nurse who works full-time in our office. 

With our nurse's assistance, our team of award-winning trial lawyers work with highly-competent experts and doctors who assist us in building the best possible case on your family's behalf. We invite you to review some of our birth injury case results.  We believe our results speak for themselves. Each year, we recover millions and millions of dollars for our satisfied clients and we would like to help you and your family too. 

We handle all medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis which means we only get paid if we recover money for you.   And while pursuing a medical malpractice case can be very expensive, we advance all case expenses so you do not have to pay a penny to seek compensation for the harm done to you and your family.   For a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact us online or call us at:

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