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Forceps Injuries

Call Our Chicago Birth Injury Lawyers at (312) 313-0202!

If, during delivery, a mother is unable to push the baby out on her own, the doctor may consider using birth-assisting tools to help the process. One of these tools is forceps. These are usually used to help guide the baby’s head out during contractions. The call to use forceps typically comes from a bad heart beat reading for the baby or if there is a prolonged delivery. Unfortunately, the use of forceps comes with risks to both mother and baby.

For the mother, forceps pose the risk of tears and lacerations to the lower genital tract, anemia, perineum pain, urinary or fecal continence, and urethra or bladder injuries. These can be serious and require additional medical attention. Unfortunately, the baby is also at risk of birth injuries; some considered more serious than others and some that can lead to lifelong effects.

Use of forceps put babies at risk for:

  • Brain damage
  • Seizures
  • Fractures to the skull
  • Bruising or swelling
  • Facial injuries

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Medical Professionals Must Inform Parents of the Risks

As a medical professional, the doctor performing the delivery must discuss the use of forceps with the parent. The doctor must ensure that both mother and baby are safe during the procedure. Because of this, the parent has a choice regarding whether or not the doctor can use forceps or if there are other options available. The mother should be aware of the dangers to both herself and the baby, as well as long-term injuries that can result such as strokes, seizure disorders, and cerebral palsy.

Seek Compensation to Cover Long-Term Expenses

Unfortunately, when a baby suffers injury because of the use of forceps, their injuries can require a number of expensive treatments. Fortunately, the law provides a remedy to the parents of injured babies to file a medical malpractice claims when a birth injury occurs as a result of negligence. These claims make it possible for parents to hold the negligent medical professional accountable for his or her actions. By seeking compensation, you may be able to cover the costs associated with long-term medical care and necessary medications and medical devices.

Our Chicago birth injury attorneys at Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. are here to help mothers seek compensation if their child sustained forceps injuries as a result of medical negligence. We know what procedures doctors must adhere to and the duty of care they must provide patients. Let us represent your best interests and seek compensation on behalf of your family so you can move past this difficult situation.

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Common Birth Injury Questions

  • What is a birth injury?

    A: The term “birth injury” refers to trauma suffered by a mother or her child during labor and delivery. Sadly, “birth injury” typically refers to an injury sustained by the child and can include physical injuries such as broken bones or injuries caused by misdiagnosis of oxygen deprivation, etc.

  • Who is Responsible for a Child’s Birth Defects?

    A: Liability for any personal injury can be complicated, and birth injuries are no exception. If you suspect that your child’s injury or medical complications are the result of a negligent doctor or hospital, speak with an attorney immediately.

  • Was My Child’s Injury Preventable?

    A: Any injury caused by the carelessness or neglect of a medical professional is preventable. When a doctor fails to diagnose maternal or fetal distress, for example, the resulting birth injury is almost always preventable.