Helping the Injured in Tennessee Since 1977
Neonatal Subgaleal Hemorrhage There's No Substitute for Experience 

What is Neonatal Subgaleal Hemorrhage?

A neonatal subgaleal hemorrhage is a potentially lethal condition that can affect newborn infants. It is a type of extracranial hemorrhage, meaning that it takes place outside of the skull, and occurs when a vein is ruptured, causing it to bleed into the space between the scalp and the skull.

Also known as the subgaleal space, this type of birth injury is one of the most serious brain bleeds because nearly half of an infant’s blood volume can bleed into that space.

If your child suffered a serious birth injury, call (615) 933-2893 to discuss your case with a member of our firm.

Seasoned Attorneys With 100+ Years of Combined Experience

At Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, our Nashville birth injury attorneys have provided injured victims and their families with the experienced legal representation they need for more than 40 years. Through our efforts, our firm has recovered hundreds of million dollars in verdicts and settlements, and we’re committed to continuing that record of success for as long as our services are required. If your child suffered a serious birth injury, contact us today to begin planning your next step.

What Causes a Neonatal Subgaleal Hemorrhage?

Vacuum extractors, generally used in order to speed up a difficult delivery, have dangerous side effects when used improperly. An estimated 90 percent of all subgaleal hemorrhages are caused by the improper use of a vacuum extractor during the delivery. Misuses of the device that can cause subgaleal hemorrhages include:

  • Applying too much force
  • Attempting to pull too hard
  • Leaving the suction cup on the infant’s head for a long period of time
  • Improperly placing the suction cup on the infant’s head
  • An excessive number of attempts at using the vacuum extractor

While improper use of a vacuum extractor is by far the most common cause of a subgaleal hemorrhage, other traumatic events during labor and delivery, including the use of forceps when attempting to assist the birth, can cause this kind of bleed.

What Happens to an Infant Suffering from a Neonatal Subgaleal Hemorrhage?

If an infant was delivered with the assistance of a vacuum extractor, their vital signs, red blood cell count, ability to form blood clots, and head size are required to be constantly monitored. If not diagnosed and treated immediately, infants can go into shock. As the bleed continues, the infant’s head will continue to swell that can shift whenever they move. The infant will likely have pale skin, a fast heart rate, have difficulty feeding, become lethargic, have periods where they cease breathing, and may suffer from seizures due to the blood loss.

Treating a subgaleal hemorrhage includes aggressive administration of blood products like frozen plasma and packed red blood cells to avoid low blood pressure-induced shock. Saline may also be administered in order to treat ongoing bleeding and coagulation problems, and surgery may be required to remove the excess blood in the infant’s subgaleal space.

If not properly managed, infants who sustain and survive subgaleal hemorrhages have an increased risk of:

Neonatal subgaleal hemorrhages are among the most serious birth injuries an infant can sustain. According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), approximately one in four infants who require neonatal intensive care for this condition die. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a public health advisory regarding the risks associated with vacuum assisted delivery devices nearly 20 years ago. In it, the FDA states:

“While no instrumented delivery is risk free, we are concerned that some health care professionals who use vacuum assisted delivery devices, or those who care for these infants following delivery, may not be aware that the device may produce life-threatening complications.”

Hire the Legal Representation You Need Today

If your infant sustained a neonatal subgaleal hemorrhages, contact the Nashville birth injury attorneys at Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge today. We have handled more medical malpractice cases than any other plaintiff’s firm in Tennessee, so you know that we have the experience and know-how necessary to get you the compensation you deserve.

Call us at (615) 933-2893, or fill out the online form to tell us more about your case today.

Verdicts & Settlements

Unmatched Dedication Has Led to Record-Setting Victories
  • Personal Injury - Erin Andrews Lawsuit Against Hotel $55 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - 62 Year Old Woman $22.2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Largest Verdict in Weakley County History $15.2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Davidson County $6.5 Million
  • Wrongful Death of 22 Month Old $5 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - 24 Year Old College Student $4 Million
  • Wrongful Death - Tractor-Trailer Wreck $3.25 Million
  • Wrongful Death - 16 Year Old Boy $3 Million
  • Auto Accident - Rutherford County $3 Million
  • Wrongful Death & Personal Injury - Auto Accident $2.9 Million
/

Client Testimonials

Helping the Injured Obtain Justice
  • We are very grateful.

    “What Mr. Clayton achieved on account of conquering numerous hurdles was beyond remarkable and we are very grateful.”

    - E.I.
  • In the hardest two years of my life, you provided the utmost trust, comfort, and support.

    “Thank you Randy, Jennifer, and Cynthia so much for not only helping me get through what has been the hardest time of my life, but for always providing grace, trust, and a sense of comfort for what ...”

    - T.H.
  • They showed compassion and grit in a professional manner like no other law firm.

    “I would like to thank the law firm of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge for helping me and my family in our time of need. If any of our friends in Clarksville need help in a legal way, this is the firm to call in Nashville.”

    - P.L. & L.W.
  • Great staff.

    “I had the pleasure of working with a few different KCB lawyers after a personal injury. The process in its entirety took a couple years - which is longer than I anticipated, but also news to me, as it ...”

    - J.
  • 100% Best Lawyers Around

    “You have all been so kind and loving to our family! We appreciate all the hard work and dedication you all put in for our case.”

    - J.S.
/

Awards & Accolades

Highly Respected in the Legal Community
  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates

    Randall Kinnard is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a prestigious invite-only group comprised of the top 100 plaintiffs’ trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Best Law Firms
    Best Law Firms

    The firm has received the prestigious “Best Law Firms” rating in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation.

  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard (since 1993), Daniel Clayton (since 2010), Mark Beveridge (since 2011) and Mary Ellen Morris (since 2017) have all been recognized for their legal skill and achievements.

  • Best of the Bar
    Best of the Bar

    Randall Kinnard, Daniel Clayton and Mark Beveridge have been named as 2020 “Best of the Bar” by Nashville Business Journal.

  • American College of<br>Trial Lawyers
    American College of
    Trial Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard is an inducted member of the ACTL, one of North America’s premier trial organizations comprised of less than 1% of all lawyers in each state.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Attorney Daniel Clayton is a member of ABOTA, a nationwide organization of lawyers who care passionately about the trial system in the United States.

  • Super Laywers
    Super Laywers

    Randall Kinnard, Daniel Clayton, and Mark Beveridge have been voted to TN Super Lawyers®. This organization recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in their practice area.

  • Mark Beveridge - Product Liability
    Mark Beveridge - Product Liability

    Attorney Mark Beveridge was named as "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in the area of Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN.

  • Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice
    Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in the area of Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Randall Kinnard - Product Liability
    Randall Kinnard - Product Liability

    Attorney Randall Kinnard was named the 2019 Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Nashville, TN.

  • Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice
    Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in the area of Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Mark Beveridge - Medical Malpractice
    Mark Beveridge - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Mark Beveridge has been named a Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs.

  • Mark Beveridge - Personal Injury
    Mark Beveridge - Personal Injury

    Attorney Mark Beveridge has been named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in Personal Injury Litigation.

  • Daniel Clayton - Product Liability
    Daniel Clayton - Product Liability

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard and Daniel Clayton have been voted to the list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

  • 40 Under 40
    40 Under 40

    Our attorneys have been voted by their peers to the "Top 40 under 40" Trial Lawyers list, as awarded by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

  • Best 150 Lawyers
    Best 150 Lawyers

    Our firm’s trial attorneys have been recognized among the state’s leading legal minds, and named by Business TN Magazine to its coveted “150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee” list.

  • AV Preeminent Rating
    AV Preeminent Rating

    Randall Kinnard, Daniel Clayton, Mark Beveridge, and Mary Ellen Morris have received the highest rating for legal excellence by Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Litigation Counsel of America
    Litigation Counsel of America

    Randall Kinnard is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invite-only honorary society comprised of less than .5% of all U.S. lawyers.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard is a member of the invitation-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to 500 trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Primerus
    Primerus

    The firm is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms – a society of top-rated, independent, boutique law firms committed to professional excellence.

/

Why Choose Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge?

  • Dedication to Our Clients

    We put personal attention on all of our cases and fight for the best possible outcome. Our clients are more than a number or a case to us.

  • Proven Success

    We have recovered millions in record-setting verdicts for our clients varying from medical malpractice to catastrophic auto accidents.

  • Trusted Experience

    Our team of seasoned attorneys includes certified civil trial and medical malpractice specialists who have tried hundreds of cases.

Get in Touch Today

Request a Free Consultation

To schedule a detailed consultation with one of our Nashville personal injury lawyers about medical malpractice, a catastrophic accident, or wrongful death, contact our office today. Let us put our team of respected legal professionals, independent investigators, and medical experts to work on your case immediately.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.