Forceps Injuries During Delivery
Dedicated Baltimore Birth Injury Lawyers
Though forceps are being used less and less to assist births, certain difficult situations may prompt physicians to use them. If a mother is unable to push her baby or continue labor due to exhaustion or illness, forceps are the next step. In most cases, forceps are not used if an emergency C-section can be conducted.
Injury and trauma to both mother and child are common repercussions of improper forceps usage. Look to our team of caring and capable Baltimore birth injury attorneys for representation during this difficult time. We are experienced in dealing with the aggressive lawyers employed by hospitals, and confident in our ability to help you pursue just compensation.
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Risks of Using Forceps
Physicians are required to inform you of the risks of utilizing forceps in the delivery procedure. As a patient, you are NOT obligated to comply with forceps use if you are uncomfortable with your physician's experience, your baby's condition, or other reasonable factors. Consider other possible options with your physician before labor, and reevaluate your needs with your doctor during delivery.
Forceps commonly pose these risks including:
- The mother may experience tears from the forceps in the birth canal
- The mother may become incontinent after the procedure
- The mother may experience perineum pain
- The mother may develop anemia
- The mother may also sustain bladder or urethra injuries
- The infant may develop facial palsy or facial injuries
- The infant may experience bruising or swelling of the head
- The infant may undergo skull fractures
- The infant may have seizures or brain damage
Because of these serious complications and consequences, the medical community requires the presence of very specific conditions before forceps may be used.
Ideal Conditions for Forceps Use
Ideally, the following conditions ought to be in place before a physician attempts to use forceps.
- The infant's orientation must be known
- The infant's size must be accurately estimated
- The cervix must be fully dilated
- The mother must have an empty bladder
- The mother should be under adequate anesthesia
- The physician must be extremely skilled in forceps use
- The physician must be willing to quit using forceps if they're not working
- The physician must fully explain the procedure risk to the mother
If any of these conditions were not present at the time of your forceps-induced injury, you may be able to file a claim for compensation.
Improper Forceps Use Resulted in an Injury? Call 410.983.6266.
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