When labor and delivery become difficult, medical professionals often use
medical instruments to facilitate the birthing process. Commonly, these include
vacuum extractors. While they can be effective in assisting with a vaginal birth, they are
not without their risks especially if a cesarean section should have been
used to deliver. In fact, when used improperly or when used in an inappropriate
situation, these medical devices can cause otherwise preventable birth injuries.
As a birth injury law firm serving victims and families throughout the
United States, Beam & Raymond has worked many cases involving birth
injuries that result from the negligent use of forceps and vacuum extraction.
Our legal team has the experience and insight to know when and how these
devices should be used during labor and delivery, and can help you determine
if they were used improperly during your delivery and whether they caused
a preventable injury.
Below are common birth injuries resulting from forceps and vacuum extraction:
Forceps – Improper use of forceps, including improper placement on a baby’s
head, can lead to injuries that include fractures of the skull, blood
clots, stroke, nerve damage in the face, cerebral palsy, and facial bruising
Vacuum Extraction – Vacuum extraction presents substantial risks, and when used improperly
can lead to cerebral contusions, compression, bleeds, and similar injuries
to improper forceps. It can also cause cerebral palsy, brain damage, seizures,
motor and mental impairment, and tearing of brain tissue and blood vessels.
Because forceps and vacuum extractors pose significant risks of injury,
their use is carefully regulated by Hospital protocol and, in the case
of vacuum extraction, by the FDA. For example, vacuum extraction should
be used under limited circumstances, such as when a child’s head
is low enough in the birth canal for the device to be used safely. Failures
to use these medical instruments in according to protocol and the acceptable
standard of care can result in injuries for which medical professionals
may be held liable.
Physicians, nurses, and medical professionals are obligated by their legal
duty to treat patients safely and to reduce risks of preventable injuries
that can be caused by substandard care. When they fail to uphold this
duty, by negligently using forceps or vacuums, they put newborns at risk
of suffering preventable injuries that may have a life-long impact on
their quality of life and the lives of their families.
Because the consequences of substandard care can lead to profound consequences,
negligence and improper use of medical devices during delivery leading
to permanent injury should never be tolerated. By exercising your legal
rights, you can make your voice heard in the civil justice system, hold
negligent health care providers accountable, and pursue the financial
compensation you need and deserve.
For more information about pursuing a potential birth injury case and how
our award-winning Chicago birth injury attorneys can be of assistance,
do not hesitate to contact us for a FREE consultation.