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Birth injuries: Risks associated with the use of forceps

| Dec 9, 2020 | Medical Malpractice |

Having a baby is nearly always a joyful experience for Homerville parents. A new baby makes parents and other family members feel happy and more connected to one another.

Most births occur smoothly, leaving the mother and infant in good physical condition. Unfortunately, there are times when the baby or the mom suffers harm during the birthing process. Such an injury could be completely unpreventable, or it could be the result of wrongdoing by healthcare providers.

The use of forceps during vaginal deliveries is still a common practice in certain situations. For example, if the mother’s labor seems to be at a standstill, the doctor may choose to help the delivery along with the use of  forceps. However, there are injury risks associated with the use of forceps. If the doctor did not use the instrument correctly or fails to address the injury, malpractice may have occurred.

Risks to the mother

  • Uterine rupture
  • Bladder injuries
  • Tears in the lower genital tract
  • Pelvic organ prolapse

Risks to the infant

  • Minor facial and eye injuries
  • Temporary facial palsy
  • Skull fractures or bleeding
  • Seizures

When a forceps-related injuries occur, it is wise for parents to find out if medical malpractice played a role, especially if the damage is severe enough to warrant ongoing medical care.

If it turns out that the injury was preventable by swift action from the labor and delivery team, you may be able to seek financial compensation. In turn, the money you acquire helps you manage long-term injuries by ensuring you or your newborn receive proper healthcare.

Most Georgia parents do not know how to investigate the harmful incident and identify possible medical malpractice. A thorough review of your case by an attorney could help determine if malpractice caused or contributed to your family’s suffering.