If the use of forceps during delivery caused your baby harm, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any resulting injuries.
You have the right to help from a lawyer. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at 1-800-222-9529. An attorney will listen to your case and help you prepare a lawsuit that compensates you for your losses.
Forceps Delivery Injury Lawsuits & Injury Cases
Without the help of a birth injury lawyer, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit for a forceps delivery injury can be a complicated process. Your doctor or another health care provider who was present at your delivery might have contributed to your current condition or that of your baby.
An attorney can help you assign liability, prove the medical professional in question violated the standard of care, and identify the damages to which you might be entitled. Once proven, these damages could amount to a sizeable financial recovery. Speak with an attorney about your forceps delivery injury today and get started on the road to physical and financial recovery.
Forceps Delivery Injury Types
The use of forceps or other assistive devices in the delivery of your baby can pose health risks. Injuries to your newborn might include:
- Brain damage
- Skull fractures
- Cerebral palsy
- Shoulder injuries
- Low Apgar scores
- Head and facial cuts
- Bruising and swelling
Forceps Delivery Injury Causes
The use of forceps during delivery is a complex medical event requiring the skill and expertise of a trained physician. Without proper training and use, a forceps delivery might result in serious injury to your baby. Forceps delivery injuries can be caused by physician error, use of forceps when they are not medically necessary, improper use of forceps, or use of forceps following vacuum or other assisted delivery instruments.
Forceps Delivery Injury Symptoms
Symptoms of a forceps delivery injury can include:
- Cuts or bruises on the head, face, and ears
- Shoulder displacement
- A swollen or misshapen head
- Nerve damage
- Bleeding in the brain
- Eye trauma
Forceps Delivery Injury Diagnosis and Treatment
The diagnoses and treatment of forceps delivery injuries will vary widely depending on the degree and extent of the damage. Your newborn may require a range of treatments that could include lengthy hospital stays, prescription medications, surgical intervention, and ongoing physical or occupational therapy.
Forceps Delivery Injury Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Know If My Baby Has A Forceps Delivery Injury?
Evidence of a forceps injury are often visible. You may notice bruising, swelling, cuts, or scars on your baby’s face. Your newborn may also show signs of distress, suffer from jaundice, exhibit shoulder displacement, have facial palsy or paralysis, or trauma to their eyes. If you notice any of these visible signs, seek medical help for further testing that may uncover additional damage such as eye trauma, brain bleeds, or hearing loss.
Can A Forceps Delivery Injury Be Fatal?
The use of forceps during your delivery can cause injuries ranging from minor swelling and bruising to lifelong disabilities. Babies who suffer from a forceps delivery injury may experience brain damage, facial palsy, shoulder damage, and in rare cases, injuries severe enough to cause death.
Who Is Liable For A Forceps Delivery Injury?
You should be informed of the need for forceps and asked to give informed consent prior to their introduction. Finding out if the doctor who delivered your baby using forceps is liable for your injuries requires collecting and professionally reviewing your medical records. Your newborn’s medical records will also require the same scrutiny.
An attorney can help you find the expert witnesses you need to examine these records once they are compiled. We can help you identify the liable parties in your case against the hospital, doctor, and other health care professionals who were present during your delivery.
What Is The Statute of Limitations For A Forceps Delivery Injury?
Did you know your state limits the amount of time you have to file a claim for medical malpractice? Each state also has basic laws governing evidence, proof, and filing status.
Each state further protects the rights of infants by imposing tolling for minors. Simply stated, tolling for minors means the clock effectively stops on the statute of limitations until the child reaches their eighteenth birthday. Once they turn eighteen, the clock starts tolling and the statute of limitations starts counting down.
Filing a claim for a birth injury due to a forceps delivery is a complex matter. Your attorney will help you understand the statute of limitations and the statute of repose in your state. The statute of repose will bar you from recovering compensation regardless of whether your child has shown symptoms of their injuries yet.
Forceps Delivery Injury Glossary Terms
- What is Hemophilia?
Hemophilia is a hereditary medical condition in which the blood loses its ability to clot resulting in severe bleeding from injuries of any size.
- What is Facial Palsy?
Facial palsy is droopiness or the loss of facial movement due to nerve damage. Facial palsy can be caused by a viral infection. A difficult labor, delivery, and birth may cause short-term or long-term facial palsy in some newborns.
- What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord often caused by a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. Meningitis can be serious or fatal if left untreated.
Call For A Free Consultation With A Birth Injury Lawyer
A forceps delivery birth injury can require a lengthy recovery. While you concentrate on taking care of your infant, trust us to focus on your available legal remedies. We will fight for a fair settlement that compensates you for your recoverable economic and noneconomic damages.
When you are ready to hold the right people responsible for the forceps delivery injuries that harmed you or your newborn, call 1-800-222-9529 for a free consultation with the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today.