A variety of different medical tools and devices can be employed during the delivery of a baby. Although every medical team’s goal is to safely delivery babies into the world, medical devices or tools are sometimes used too forcefully or negligently. Birth injuries that occur as a result of overly forceful use of forceps can be devastating for mothers and babies. Difficult or particularly long labors can sometimes result in doctors stepping in to take measures to ensure the safety of both mom and baby, however, it’s never okay to initiate unnecessary and dangerous or forceful medical interventions that can endanger patients. After any type of birth injury resulting from the use of forceps, it’s critical to determine whether or not the decision to use forceps was appropriate and that the tool was used in a safe manner for mother and baby.
Meeting Forceps Delivery Criteria
Forceps, when used appropriately and safely, are a very important tool in certain cases. In fact, when properly used, they can save lives. That being stated, it’s also important to note that they can be misused and unnecessarily employed, which can endanger babies and their mothers. After any kind of injury resulting from a forceps delivery, it will be necessary to determine if an appropriate criterion was met in order to warrant the use of forceps. Forceps shouldn’t be used as a first result. In some cases, it is safer to provide alternate types of interventions. A decision to use forceps in a delivery is one that no doctor should jump to or make lightly. Because excessive force can cause irreparable damage to mothers and babies, forceps must be used with great care and only when absolutely necessary.
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- Internal bleeding
- Uterine rupture
- Urinary tract damage
- Fecal or urinary incontinence
- Bladder injury
- Damage to urethra, vagina and genital area
- Perineum injury
- Pelvic organ prolapse
Post Forceps Delivery Monitoring
In addition to using forceps only when it’s absolutely necessary and safe to do so, and using those forceps carefully and without excessive force, post-delivery monitoring is critically important after this type of birth. In some cases, especially where injuries present with subtle symptoms, it’s important to monitor mother and baby after a forceps delivery. Close post-delivery monitoring can mean the difference between catching a birth injury and treating it immediately and letting a child go home without the care the he or she desperately needs. Doctors and medical teams need to be on the lookout for any type of injury that could have occurred as a result of the forceps delivery. Listed below are some potential birth injuries that are commonly associated with negligent forceps deliveries.
Potential Birth Injuries Associated With Forceps Delivery
- Facial deformities
- Skull fractures
- Damage to the face and head
- Facial palsy
- Bleeding in the skull
- Damage to spinal cord
- Damage to eyes and vision
- Internal bleeding
- Neurological damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
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Negligence in the delivery room puts mothers and babies at risk for injury causing or potentially fatal circumstances. Pregnancy, birth, labor and delivery all carry risks of certain types of complications and difficulties. Expecting mothers and families are counting on doctors and medical teams to act in a manner that is safe and to provide appropriate and necessary care when it’s needed. Unnecessary procedures that put mothers and babies in danger are negligent and dangerous. In some cases, negligence in the delivery room might not be immediately apparent to new mothers and families. If you have a suspicion that negligence or dangerous misconduct led to your baby’s birth injury or to your injuries during labor and delivery, you need to contact a personal injury attorney with birth injury case experience as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your claim.
Birth injuries can be devastating for babies and their families. An error in the delivery room can completely change the course of life for a newborn baby. When potentially harmful medical devices are used, it’s absolutely important to make sure they were employed safely and necessarily. After any type of birth injury, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer about your unique circumstances. A lawyer can be your advocate and protect your rights as you focus on the important job, taking care of your family.
If you are suffering from injuries related to a forces delivery or if your child suffered a birth injury during a forceps delivery in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.