What You Need To Know About Birth-Assisting Tools

When an expectant mother goes to the hospital, she expects that her baby will be carefully taken care of by hospital staff. But in a delivery room, decisions often have to be made very quickly. If labor isn't progressing as it should, a doctor might decide to use forceps or a vacuum extractor instead of performing a C-section. In some cases, this decision can lead to serious injuries.

At The Talaska Law Firm, we help families across Texas and the nation recover for injuries sustained at birth. After more than 20 years in the field, our dedicated birth injury attorneys have developed a network of medical experts to help you prove your case.

The Risks Of Forceps And Vacuum Extraction Delivery

Forceps, an instrument shaped like a large pair of tongs, are often used to assist in delivering babies when labor is not progressing at the right speed. Vacuum extractors fulfill the same purpose but instead use suction to pull the baby out. Generally these tools are a safe way to move delivery along, but if improperly applied they can cause serious damage.

Minor marks from the forceps or vacuum extractors are normal and will eventually heal, but improper use of these tools can cause:

  • Lacerations
  • Bruising
  • Eye trauma
  • Bleeding in the cranial region (cephalohematoma)
  • Skull fractures
  • Nerve/brain damage

Injury can result if the forceps are placed in the wrong position or if the doctor applies too much pressure or pulls too hard. Trauma caused by improper forceps use is also one of the known causes of cerebral palsy. Other complications can include Erb's palsy, brachial plexus palsy and shoulder dystocia. In some cases, the injury is mild and the child can recover, but in others the damage to muscles and nerves is permanent.

Devoted To Helping Families Recover From Birth Injuries

Complex birth injury cases require a skilled advocate. At The Talaska Law Firm, our dedicated lawyers are backed by over 55 years of combined experience in the field. If your child was injured by improper forceps use, we can help you pursue compensation for past, present and future medical costs.

Our firm has focused on birth injury cases for over 20 years. Call our Houston office at 888-791-5191 today, or contact us online, to schedule a consultation. If you or your child sustained a forceps injury, and you believe negligence or malpractice were at play, you have the right to pursue a legal claim.