Birth Injuries Caused by Forceps Misuse

Birth Injuries Caused by Forceps Misuse

Celebrating the birth of your child should be the happiest moment of your life, but sometimes medical complications arise that can put your child’s health at serious risk. It is reported that birth injuries occur in 7 of every 1,000 live births, many times due to forceps misuse.

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While many newborns face difficult births, forceps are often used to prevent injury or bodily harm to the newborn. Although complications can occur for a number of reasons, there are certain situations in which the use of forceps is more necessary than others. Situations that often warrant the use of forceps include:

  • the birth of an abnormally large baby
  • babies situated in a breech position
  • prolonged or drawn-out labor

If used correctly, a forceps delivery can save a child’s life. Forceps deliveries are important in preventing oxygen deprivation or protecting an infant’s head from the twisting, pulling, and stretching that could occur during a difficult birth.

In contrast, a forceps delivery can also be dangerous if the instrument is not used correctly. Carelessness by a medical professional during a forceps delivery can result in a Michigan birth injury, and the damage can be permanent. Some of the common injuries associated with forceps misuse include:

  • facial nerve damage
  • skull fractures and disfigurement
  • permanent brain damage due to a lack of oxygen
  • seizures
  • cerebral palsy
  • developmental delays

If your baby has sustained a birth injury as a result of forceps misuse, you may be facing years of expensive medical treatment. If a doctor or nurse is at fault for this injury, however, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover the costs of caring for your child.

Call a Michigan birth injury lawyer at Thurswell Law today to learn more about your rights as a victim. Our experienced lawyers are available for a free consultation. Call us toll-free at (866)-354-5544.

 

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