Birth Injury Caused By Forceps or Vacuum Extraction
Birth injury is damage to your baby that occurs before, after, or during delivery. Some birth injuries are temporary, others result in permanent disability.
If your baby has suffered a birth injury as a result of forcep use or vacuum extraction, you may be entitled to compensation.
Some birth injuries occur when forceps and vacuum extraction devices are used to help your baby exit the birthing canal during delivery. Forceps are tong-like devices used to extract your baby from the birth canal, while vacuum extraction involves placing a suction device on your baby’s head to stimulate movement.
When used correctly, both these methods of assisting delivery can avoid a cesarean section and/or prevent fetal distress. However, complications and injuries can occur, including:
- Marks and/or Bruises on the scalp
- Swelling on the scalp
- Scalp abrasions (cuts)
- Hematoma—Collection of blood under the skin
- Vein injury—Traction while pulling the baby’s head may pull the scalp and the layer of tissue just under it away from the skull, injuring the underlying veins
- Jaundice—Resulting from the breakdown of red blood cells
- Intracranial hemorrhage—Bleeding around or within the baby’s brain
- Retinal hemorrhage—Small areas of bleeding on the back of the eyes
- Skull fracture
- Facial nerve damage
Forceps and vacuum extraction should only be used under certain conditions, including:
- When the cervix is fully dilated
- When the bladder is empty
- When the mother is on her back with her legs supported in stirrups
- When local anesthetic has been administered, if an epidural is not already in place
- When the forceps blades have been inserted one at a time and locked into position around the baby’s head
Medical malpractice occurs when doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals fail to take reasonable care, either through negligence or oversight.
Taking reasonable care is a legal obligation. If a medical professional does not take care or makes a foreseeable error and you or your baby is injured as a result, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
How We Can Help
Birth injury caused by forceps or vacuum extraction can have a permanent and devastating impact on your baby’s life. At Perey Law, we have a long record of winning medical malpractice lawsuits for clients whose babies have suffered birth injuries.
If your baby has suffered a birth injury as a result of forcep use or vacuum extraction, your doctor may be at fault, and you may be eligible for compensation.
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You will only be asked to pay if we are successful in recovering compensation for you.
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