There are specific situations when a doctor may need to perform an instrument-assisted delivery to speed the process of delivering a baby who is displaying signs of fetal distress. A vacuum extractor or forceps may be used to help the baby pass through the birth canal. In these cases, the doctor should not only use proper judgment in attempting an instrument-assisted delivery in the first place but should perform such a delivery in accordance with accepted standards.
Deviations from accepted standards of care in an instrument-assisted delivery, when mother or baby are harmed as a result, can provide grounds for a valid medical malpractice lawsuit. As Hawaii vacuum and forceps birth injury lawyers with over 40 years of experience and with a nurse and medical director on staff to help with these cases, the team at Davis Levin Livingston is uniquely qualified to help with forceps and vacuum extractor injury claims. They are here to help you seek justice.
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Types of Vacuum Extractor & Forceps Injuries
Forceps and vacuum extractors can save lives and prevent brain damage by facilitating the birth of a baby, but they can also cause harm if they are improperly used or used in a situation where they are actually not necessary.
Potential types of vacuum extractor and forceps injuries include:
- Maternal or fetal lacerations
- Skull fractures
- Swelling and bruising of the head
- Retinal hemorrhage
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Broken bones
Improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor can lead to such conditions as:
How are Doctors Liable for Vacuum Extractor & Forceps Injuries?
Doctors and other medical professionals may be negligent and liable for birth trauma if they use too much force while using forceps or a vacuum extractor. Medical professionals may also be negligent if they expose the baby to too much suction pressure, or use the suction for an unusually extended period of time. If the doctor misses or overlooks certain risks inherent in the use of a vacuum extractor and forceps, or fails to consider the mother or the baby’s condition, they can also be found negligent.
Mothers put their lives and the lives of their newborn babies in the hands of trusted medical professionals. It is expected that medical professionals will use their years of training and studying to determine the safest course of action for patients. When this trust is breached, and injuries result, medical professionals should be held liable for their negligence.
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Your child’s future may be significantly altered by a birth injury caused by improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor. The goal at Davis Levin Livingston is to help you recover the financial compensation you need to provide the best care for your child—for as long as is necessary. Their Hawaii birth injury attorneys will not rest until justice is served.
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