Our Michigan birth injury lawyers specialize in birth injury cases involving forceps injuries. Forceps birth injuries can result into serious complications for the newborn. At times, these injuries are caused by a professional caregiver’s negligence, causing birth injuries that can even endanger the life of the newborns.
Child birth complications such as breech position, prolonged labor or large baby delivery may require the use of forceps to deliver the baby safely. The use of forceps is only permissible if the baby appears to be in extreme distress, when the mother finds it hard to push, or when the position of the fetus in the birth canal is not correct. The shape and structure of forceps allow them to be clamped on the sides of the infant’s head. But this also puts the baby at risk for damage if the procedure goes wrong.
Causes of Forceps Injuries
If properly performed, forceps delivery can save the fetus’ life, or prevent it from deprivation of oxygen. If the fetus remains without oxygen for a long time, severe brain damage may occur. As such, the only option may be to use the forceps. However, due to vulnerability of the skull, the physicians must exercise a lot of care when performing forceps delivery.
Forceps injuries not only occur for infants, but may even be harmful for the mothers who stand increased risks for urinary tract infections, lacerations and rectum injuries.
Effects of Forceps Injuries
Cerebral palsy and facial nerve damage are two of the most severe risks of these deliveries. Facial nerve damage may cause permanent facial asymmetry that is especially evident when the baby laughs or cries. Cerebral palsy is a condition that develops when the cerebrum of the brain is damaged. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for cerebral palsy, and it is considered a very expensive developmental disability over the course of a lifetime.
Contact a Michigan Forceps Injury Malpractice Lawyer
If an infant suffers injuries due to the negligent use of forceps, it can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Babies who suffer forceps injuries often develop conditions that can affect the social, academic and vocational upbringing of the infant. These often require services that amount to a significant expense over a child’s lifetime and are sought as damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
It is essential to contact our office as soon as possible so that we can obtain your child’s complete medical chart to determine whether there was negligence involved in the treatment. There are strict time delays for filing medical malpractice lawsuits in Michigan so it is essential to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to see if your child has valid case.