Assistive devices, such as forceps and vacuum extractors, used during childbirth are intended to save lives, especially during a difficult delivery. However, when these very tools cause your baby to suffer injury, it is often necessary to look at the techniques that were used as well as other important factors surrounding the birth.
At the Law Offices of Gary Osborne & Associates, we understand how devastating it is to learn that your new infant has been harmed in some way. It is even more heart-wrenching when the harm caused will result in a lifetime of challenges. We help parents find answers and pursue justice for birth injuries caused by medical malpractice. Contact an experienced birth injury lawyer to learn how we can help you during this difficult time.
We Find Answers About Your Child's Forceps And Vacuum Extractor Injury
A newborn's head is incredibly vulnerable. Any amount of excessive pressure — especially in soft spots — can cause damage to the skull and the brain. Therefore, when delivering a baby, the doctor must use special precautions. However, there comes a time when the use of forceps or a vacuum extractor can facilitate delivery if properly applied and used.
- Stuck babies: When the baby gets stuck in the birthing canal, assistive devices may be necessary for successful delivery. The doctor may choose to use forceps to help the baby maneuver. If the physician is hasty or careless, the forceps could cause damage to the baby's skull or brain. Likewise, if the physician is not cautious, excessive pulling when the baby is stuck could cause other injury, such as Erb's palsy, due to the stretching of nerves.
- Expedited delivery: When delivery is taking too long, there may be concerns about the baby's heart rate or oxygen levels. The delivery may be sped up by the use of forceps or a vacuum extractor. In these cases, it is equally important for the physician to use caution. Again, negligent use of these devices could result in built-up pressure on the brain, causing a brain injury.
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If your child suffered brain damage or some other birth injury, you can trust that our attorneys and staff will work diligently to help you get the answers that you need. In addition, we strive to hold negligent healthcare professionals accountable for their actions by pursuing compensation on your behalf. This compensation will help you provide for your child and obtain the necessary treatment required throughout his or her life.
For experienced and compassionate medical malpractice guidance in Ohio, please contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Gary Osborne & Associates.