Forceps & Vacuum Extraction Injuries

When a child is born, it should be one of the happiest days in a family’s life. Unfortunately, for some, this is not the case. During a difficult delivery, a child can get stuck in the birth canal or endure other forms of serious fetal distress. In these cases, medical professionals might make a judgment call determining that it is necessary to use forceps or a vacuum extractor to help the delivery along. For the most part, these methods are safe but when a doctor is negligent, a birth injury may occur. This can be devastating for a family who was once so excited to meet their healthy newborn. The child could face permanent injury with a lasting effect on his or her life. If your family was impacted by a physician’s negligence during delivery, you may want to consider your legal options. The experienced birth injury attorneys at Friedman Schuman are ready to hold the responsible party’s accountable for their actions and help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

When are forceps & vacuum extractors used?

Knowing exactly what complications will arise during a delivery is impossible. Therefore, it is impossible to predetermine whether one will require the use of forceps or a vacuum extractor to assist the delivery. There are a number of circumstances that may initiate the use of an assisted delivery tool. Some of the reasons for which these tools may be used include:

  • If the baby is very large and can’t move through the birth canal
  • Breech or transverse presentation of a baby
  • The mother gets exhausted during labor and cannot continue
  • The baby needs to be removed from the birth canal quickly after showing signs of fetal distress
  • If the baby is stuck in the birth canal for more than three hours

Forceps are often used when the baby is incorrectly positioned or stuck in the birth canal. They can turn the baby or pull it through without any help from the mother. However, if placed on the baby’s head incorrectly or used at the wrong time, forceps may cause injury. Some common injuries that may result from the improper use of forceps include Erb’s Palsy, skull fractures, disfigurement, facial scarring, brain damage, and eye injuries.

Vacuum extractors are used when the baby is stuck in the birth canal or the mother is too tired to continue delivering. It is a large plastic cup that suctions the baby out but it does require some assistance from the mother. Some of the injuries that may come from the negligent use of a vacuum extractor may include Erb’s Palsy, brain hemorrhages, fetal stroke, skull fracture or disfigurement, and injury to the mother.

If a physician does not follow protocol when using these tools, the results can be devastating. The doctor should inform the mother of these risks. If the tools fail, the physician may need to execute an emergency C-section.

Contact a Montgomery County birth injury attorney

Friedman Schuman has over 30 years of experience representing those who were negatively impacted by a physician’s negligence. We understand that birth injuries can devastate a family. Our attorneys are ready to assess your case, guide you through your legal matter, and help you fight for maximum compensation. If you require strong legal representation, contact Friedman Schuman today.