I am very sorry to hear that your child was injured during childbirth. The birth of a child is supposed to be a happy time, and when the negligence of a medical professional causes injuries, you should speak with a medical malpractice attorney about your legal options.
Forceps deliveries are a type of assisted childbirth. In a forceps delivery, a health care provider uses forceps to help guide the child’s head out of the birth canal. Forceps are an instrument that looks like a pair of large spoons. Forceps deliveries are normally only performed if there is some type of fetal distress or extended labor.
Forceps deliveries increase the risk of complications and trauma during childbirth. They can harm both the mother and the child. Some injuries that can occur to the child include skull injuries, internal bleeding, and injuries to the head and face. The mother can suffer damage to her urinary tract, uterine rupture, and internal bleeding.
Doctors and nurses can be held liable for medical malpractice for negligence during a forceps delivery that causes a birth injury. Medical malpractice cases can be challenging, but if you believe that your doctor or nurse provided improper care during your delivery, you should speak to an attorney. If you’re in Los Angeles, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney at 310-651-8272. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.