You Are Not Powerless When Your Baby Is Injured by Forceps
A source for medical malpractice guidance in Kentucky
Forceps injuries can have life-altering effects on you and your child. Crandall & Pera Law is well known in Kentucky as a highly experienced and highly acclaimed medical malpractice law firm with a special focus on birth injuries. If your child suffered needlessly because of a careless, incompetent or negligent doctor, we want you to contact us.
Why forceps are used during delivery
A child who is ready to be born will naturally descend into the proper position in the birth canal. Sometimes, however, the child has difficulty reaching the proper position, or station, and a doctor will use forceps – described by the Mayo Clinic as resembling large salad tongs – to guide the baby out. Forceps may be necessary if:
- This is your first child and your baby is not in proper position at delivery
- You have been pushing for several hours but the baby has not come out or descended properly
- Your child’s heartbeat sounds irregular or has become distressed
- You have an underlying health condition precluding proper delivery
- The baby is in the breech position and difficult to deliver
- The baby is positioned too far up to be pushed out
Doctors must wait until a mother is fully dilated and in labor before attempting to use forceps to help deliver the baby. Doctors should also not use forceps if your baby is too high up in the birth canal. If the OB/GYN uses forceps before the mother is fully ready to give birth, or when a baby is too high up in the birth canal, it could result in physical harm to a mother and/or the baby.
The risks to mothers and children
Negligence during labor and delivery can lead to serious complications and health concerns for the mother and the child. Forceps can cause uterine tears and bladder injuries, which can increase the risk for infection as well as affect the ability to have future children. Newborns can suffer facial paralysis, skull fractures, brain trauma or damage to the eyes and even seizures. In some cases, negligent use of forceps can lead to brain damage as a result of oxygen deprivation because forceps use when the baby is too high in the birth canal can actually stop the natural labor process.
At Crandall & Pera Law, you will receive the special and personal attention you deserve when the evaluation and discussion of birth injury is required. We have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients – money that helps them care for their injured child now and in the future.
Comprehensive counsel for catastrophic forceps injuries
Crandall & Pera Law takes a particular interest in birth injury cases, because we care deeply about our clients. To reserve a no-obligation consultation at one of our Kentucky offices, please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form. We are located in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky.