Murphy, Falcon & Murphy’s Baltimore based lawyers have been fighting for parents and children who are victims of birth injuries for years. Often, hospitals and insurance companies ignore these parents, leaving them with medical bills accrued from someone else’s mistake. In addition to heavy economic burdens, the suffering and trauma of the birth injury can be overwhelming. Seeking out lawyers with the necessary experience to help you through a difficult time is imperative.
We are here to help the vulnerable members of society and have been since 1948. Large, corporate hospitals don’t pay for their mistakes because their legal teams can be so powerful. Ordinary patients typically do not have the means to fight back against these large organizations, which is why we offer our legal services for no cost up front. With our decades of expertise and experience, we have strong medical malpractice attorneys who are dedicated to standing up for you.
Sometimes, medical staff will use forceps to deliver a baby. If a mother is pushing, but the baby is not descending or if the baby seems to be in distress and an immediate delivery is necessary, some doctors will use forceps to protect both the mother and the child.
If a mother is in the midst of giving birth, the hospital may ask for the mother’s consent to use forceps during delivery. The answer should always be no, although most women are not offered alternatives to forceps at the time they give their consent. Alternatives to forceps include caesarean, or vacuum aided delivery. Both methods have lower risks than forceps.
Although rare, there are risks for a child when doctors use forceps during a delivery. These may include:
The excess pressure on an infant’s delicate skull can cause irreparable brain damage, which is why forceps assisted deliveries are becoming less common. Studies have shown that cesarean deliveries have lower rates of maternal and infant trauma, making it the more preferred method. Ideally, your medical provider will choose a safe and effective method. This isn’t always the case, as thousands of infants suffer injuries every year during hospital births.
Injuries from forceps can be temporary or permanent, depending on severity. Facial injuries can include lacerations, bruising, or marks which are temporary. Eye trauma can range from bruising to permanent blindness. Weakness in facial muscles is typically a temporary injury, resolving within a few weeks.
Long lasting or lifelong effects from forceps can include brain damage, Erb’s Palsy, Cerebral Palsy, or spinal cord trauma. These injuries can last a lifetime and cause medical issues that progressively worsen over time. The monetary costs and suffering inflicted on a family from this type of birth injury are cause enough to contact a well-qualified birth injury lawyer.
If your infant suffers an injury from a forceps assisted delivery, we recommend seeking an experienced birth injury lawyer as soon as possible. Injuries that occur during birth are often causes by medical negligence or hastily made decisions on the part of medical staff. Patients should feel confident that their care is both adequate and professional. Call us today to discuss the possibility of taking action in a forceps injury case.