Injuries Caused by Mishandled Forceps

Though many births occur naturally and without the need for invasive assistance, our team at The Driscoll Firm knows that sometimes medical intervention is necessary to safely guide a baby into the world. In some cases, a doctor may decide to use forceps during the delivery, and though forceps can aid in birthing a child, if they are mishandled or used improperly, they can also cause serious birth injuries.

Common Forceps-Related Injuries

Forceps are two-bladed instruments that can be used to move tissue and help extract a baby during the birth process. If they are not handled properly, they can quickly become dangerous and might even cause injuries including the following:

  • Lacerations
  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones / fractures
  • Brain damage
  • Infection
  • Erb’s palsy

All of these injuries could affect an innocent child during the birth process, not to mention cause extreme emotional distress for parents who see their baby injured. Unfortunately, these injuries can also cause lifelong complications for the baby, especially if a child develops Erb’s palsy.

Discuss Forceps Injuries with a Birth Injury Lawyer Today

No parent should have to tolerate a medical professional injuring their child through negligence, and if your baby has developed Erb’s palsy or other health complications as a result of a doctor mishandling forceps, then the legal team at The Driscoll Firm may be able to help you pursue legal action. Find out more about taking legal action and pursuing financial compensation by calling us at (800) 305-9800 today.

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