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Birth Injuries Caused by Forceps or Vacuum Extractors

In emergency situations during a vaginal delivery, a doctor may choose to use forceps or a vacuum extractor to ensure the safe delivery of an infant. The improper use or misapplication of these tools, however, can lead to serious and even life-threatening injuries. If you suspect your child's injuries were caused by the improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor, you could be qualified to seek compensation for medical negligence.

Miller Weisbrod, LLP, offers sound legal advice, caring support, and experienced legal representation to families whose infants have suffered serious birth injuries due to doctor error or delivery room negligence. We are recognized nationwide for our demonstrated trial experience and record of successful results and jury verdicts obtained on behalf of our clients.

Was your child harmed due to the use of forceps or a vacuum extractor during delivery? We can help you seek maximum compensation for the resulting injuries and trauma your family has endured. For more information, contact us to discuss your case in a free initial consultation.

Birth Injuries Caused by the Improper Use of Forceps or Vacuum Extractors

Forceps and vacuum extractors are most often used when an infant becomes stuck in the birth canal, which could lead to oxygen deficiency and other fetal distress. If these tools are used properly, the infant should not be harmed. If, however, the doctor fails to properly monitor the infant or mother during delivery, he or she may be forced to use these instruments to avoid greater injuries. This in turn can result in:

  • Skull fracture
  • Infant brain injury, which could result in cerebral palsy
  • Subgaleal bleed, or bleeding in the area between the scalp and the skull
  • Hypovolemic shock, or serious loss of blood
  • Injury to the child's neck or limbs

Some emergencies cannot be avoided, in which case forceps and vacuum extractor injuries have nothing to do with the attending doctor's ability. If, however, the doctor ignored his or her professional responsibility to monitor both mother and child and to take necessary steps during delivery to avoid possible complications, he or she should be held accountable. Our skilled trial attorneys have extensive experience in the investigation and litigation of complex birth injury cases, and we will take the necessary steps to help our clients learn the truth and seek compensation.

Contact Miller Weisbrod

To discuss your case with an experienced Texas birth injury lawyer, we invite you to contact our offices in Dallas toll free at 888.987.0005 for more information. You may also contact us by e-mail now to schedule an appointment. We represent clients nationwide.