Experienced Forceps Injury Bruising Attorneys
Every year, babies and their mothers suffer crippling and life-threatening injuries due to improper use of forceps. A common tool used during deliveries, misuse of forceps can lead to injury and even death depending on the severity of the misuse.
If you or your baby are the victims of forceps injury, the Baltimore birth injury law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton PA can help. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for clients whose babies were injured or killed due to improper forceps use. Speak with an attorney.
The forceps is a medical tool that resembles a large pair of tongs. Doctors deploy forceps as part of assisted vaginal deliveries, using them to clasp onto the baby’s head while the mother pushes during contractions. Because the forceps comes into direct contact with the baby, improper usage can lead to physical injury.
Due to the nature of forceps delivery, it is generally only used in specific circumstances, including:
- The mother’s cervix is dilated and the baby has begun moving through the birth canal
- Lack of birth progress during labor
- Baby has an irregular heartbeat or other serious medical problem and needs immediate delivery
- Baby’s head is in the wrong direction
The risks of forceps use require doctors to obtain consent from mothers before using forceps during a live birth. Mothers are allowed to refuse consent to a forceps birth if they feel that the risks are too great. In the event that a forceps delivery is unsuccessful, doctors will generally opt for a caesarian section.
Forceps Injury Risks
The use of forceps carries many risks for both mother and child, which is why doctors generally only use forceps in a limited number of cases. Risks to the mother include:
- Perineum pain and/or injury
- Lower genital tract tearing and wounding
- Urethra or bladder injuries
- Fecal incontinence
- Blood loss-related anemia
- Forceps injury risks to the child include:
- Facial palsy
- Eye trauma
- Spinal cord and nerve damage
- Skull injuries and internal bleeding
- Intracranial hemorrhages
- Facial injuries or wounds
Forceps injuries and their after effects can follow a person throughout their entire life. For example, actor Sylvester Stallone suffered partial facial paralysis due to a forceps injury he sustained while being born.
While a baby may have minor marks on their head after being delivered with a forceps, these are generally not permanent. After birth, the baby and mother should be carefully monitored for signs of forceps injury. Any wounds sustained from forceps use should be immediately treated.
Improper Use of Forceps and Forceps Injury
If you or your baby suffered injury as a result of forceps misuse, the medical professionals who used them—or authorized their use—can be held legally liable. Forceps injuries can result in lasting pain and complications for you and your baby, and you may need assistance if you are the victim of possible medical malpractice.
Our attorneys offer valuable legal representation for victims of forceps injuries. Schedule a free case review.