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When necessary, obstetricians and labor nurses may use forceps to aid in childbirth. Forceps are designed to cradle the baby’s head, allowing the delivering doctor or nurse to guide the baby through the birth canal. Use of forceps is most common when there are concerns about the mother’s or baby’s health and the birthing process needs to be hastened in order to reduce the risk of injuries or complications.
Generally, doctors and nurses only use forceps under these limited circumstances because the use of forceps involves risks of its own. When used improperly or under the wrong circumstances (for example, if the baby’s head is too large), forceps can cause serious injuries to both the mother and the child. While medical professionals often use forceps under stressful and time-sensitive situations, this is not an excuse for making harmful mistakes, and those who make mistakes can be held liable for medical malpractice.
At Levine Law, we represent mothers and families who deserve financial compensation for forceps injuries. We have extensive experience in complex injury cases, and we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. While some injuries from forceps deliveries will heal, many can last a lifetime. In any case, the physical, financial and emotional costs will often be substantial. We can help make sure you and your family have the money you need to cope and provide the care and accommodations necessary for your child.
Use of Forceps During Delivery: Injury Risks for Babies
During labor and delivery, babies are highly susceptible to physical injuries. As a result, improper use of forceps can easily cause nerve damage and other issues which can lead to:
- Brachial plexus injuries (including Erb’s palsy)
- Brain damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental delays
- Facial paralysis
- Head injuries
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Intracranial hemorrhaging
- Skull fractures
Prompt treatment can be critical to minimizing the risk of permanent limitations or disabilities from forceps injuries for newborn babies. As a result, obstetricians and nurses who use forceps must not only be able to use them properly, but they must also be able to identify the symptoms of forceps-related birth injuries so that injured newborns can receive any necessary treatment as soon as possible.
Use of Forceps During Delivery: Injury Risks for Mothers
The risks for mothers during forceps deliveries include:
- Bladder injuries
- Cervical and vaginal injuries
- Tearing of the lower genital tract
For mothers as well as newborns, prompt diagnoses and treatment are critical to mitigating the damage from improper use of forceps. Complications from maternal forceps injuries can include fistula, heart and lung problems, incontinence, increased risk of infections (including sepsis), lightheadedness and severe fatigue.
Contact the Denver Injury Lawyers at Levine Law
If you, your child or your spouse was injured during a forceps delivery in Denver, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. You could be entitled to significant financial compensation, and your family may need this compensation to recover from your doctor’s or nurse’s mistake. Find out what your case is worth – call us at (303) 333-8000 or request your free consultation online today.