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Improper Use of Forceps

Improper Use of Forceps

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In some cases, a doctor may need to use forceps in order to assist with delivery. This is sometimes the case when a mother goes into the second stage of labor (pushing), but labor isn’t progressing enough. Generally speaking, forceps-assisted birth is safe as long as the doctor uses proper care. In some rare instances, however, the baby can suffer mild, moderate, or even severe injuries due to a doctor’s improper use of forceps.

If your child suffered facial injuries, head trauma, or brain damage after a forceps-assisted birth, we encourage you to reach out to our Charlotte birth injury lawyers as soon as possible. If the doctor acted negligently and your child was injured as a result, you may seek compensation to assist with the costs associated with your child’s current and future medical treatment needs, as well as other damages.

Contact Charles G. Monnett III & Associates online or call our office at (704) 859-2003 for a free and confidential consultation.

Injuries Caused by Improper Use of Forceps

As previously mentioned, forceps-assisted births are generally considered safe; in fact, in some circumstances, such as when the baby exhibits signs of fetal distress or when labor is not progressing quickly enough, they may be a safer alternative to unassisted birth. However, forceps-assisted delivery also poses certain risks to both mothers and infants, particularly when the doctor is inexperienced or being careless.

Common infant injuries caused by improper use of forceps include:

  • Minor facial injuries
  • Bruising
  • Temporary facial paralysis (facial palsy)
  • Trauma to the eyes
  • Head and skull injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Internal cranial bleeding
  • Seizures

While minor facial bruises and scratches are not uncommon after a forceps-assisted birth, more serious injuries could, in turn, lead to physical and cognitive delays, greatly affecting your child’s ability to live a normal life.

Additionally, mothers face certain risks during a forceps-assisted delivery. Common maternal injuries associated with improper use of forceps include:

  • Perineum pain
  • Tears in the lower genital tract
  • Problems with urinating/bowel movements
  • Uterine rupture
  • Pelvic organ prolapse

As a result of these and other injuries, mothers can suffer serious complications and may require additional medical treatment.

Contact Our Improper Use of Forceps Attorneys for a Free Consultation

At Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, we understand just how devastating it is to realize that your child has suffered serious injuries as a result of a trusted medical provider’s negligence. Our Charlotte birth injury lawyers are here to provide the answers and support you and your family need. With over 37 years of experience and millions of dollars recovered on behalf of our clients, we are well-equipped to help you navigate the legal process and seek fair compensation to assist in your child’s recovery.

Contact us online or by phone at (704) 859-2003 to get started with a complimentary consultation.


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