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Forceps Use During Delivery Can Result in a Birth Injury

Michael Becker

If your child was injured during delivery, and it was caused by the use of forceps, you could be entitled to compensation through a Lorain County birth injury claim. You should seek legal counsel from an experienced Elyria, OH, birth injury attorney who can carefully evaluate your case.

The Dangers of Forceps

Sometimes the delivery of a baby becomes complicated, even life-threatening. It may be necessary to the baby’s health and wellbeing to deliver quickly or it may be a case of the baby becoming stuck in the birth canal.

As a result, the doctor may decide to use forceps in order to assist the delivery. While forceps can be helpful, there are also many dangers in using them. This is especially true if they are improperly used.

However, even when forceps are used the right way, there is still a risk of injury to the baby. This is because you are placing two steel blades on either side of the baby’s head and then rotating and/or pulling the baby in order to deliver.

Not only is the improper use of forceps a danger, but also if the placement is inaccurate or if there is a great deal of traction, it could result in injuries. In some cases it would be better for both the mother and child if a C-section was performed. Doctors must carefully weigh the pros and cons of both.

Injuries Resulting from Forceps

Forceps can lead to serious injuries, including:

  • misalignment of neck vertebrae;
  • facial nerve damage or paralysis;
  • bruising;
  • skull fracture; and
  • intracranial hemorrhage.

In addition, the mother can suffer injuries. The use of forceps may not be necessary and could result in a doctor being held liable.

Damages in a Lorain County Birth Injury Claim

If your child suffered injuries from the use of forceps, you could be entitled to damages that cover hospital and other medical expenses, including any future treatment that may be necessary. If your child faces long-term care for an injury such as rehabilitation or physical therapy, these expenses could also be recoverable.

An Elyria, OH, birth injury attorney can also determine if other types of damages are available such as pain and suffering or disability. You may be eligible for other types of compensation as well, which is why seeking legal help is in your family’s best interests. An attorney will consider both the physical and emotional damages that have been suffered.

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