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Injuries From Forceps And Vacuum Extraction Can Be Prevented

When doctors use vacuum extraction or forceps to assist in delivery, the child faces a higher risk of injury. If your baby suffered an injury due to improper use of assisted delivery, you may have legal options.

At the law firm of Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst in Oklahoma City, we have a dedicated legal team to help families affected by obstetric injuries. To discuss your child’s forceps or vacuum extraction injury, call 800-539-0652.

Forceps And Vacuum Extractor Injuries

In some cases, doctors need to use a forceps or vacuum extractor to gently guide and pull the baby down the birth canal. However, if delivery is rushed or the doctor uses too much force, the baby can be injured.

When forceps are used:

  • The child may suffer an injury known as shoulder dystocia, which can cause limited mobility or paralysis in the affected arm and hand.
  • The child may suffer permanent facial scars from use of forceps

When a vacuum extractor is used:

  • The baby may suffer a subgaleal hemorrhage, which is internal bleeding between the scalp and the skull.
  • The baby may suffer retinal birth injuries leading to vision problems. A symptom of retinal injuries is a red ring around the infant’s eyes or a small amount of blood.

If fetal heart rate monitoring shows the baby is under stress, or if the baby is too large to pass through the birth canal, the doctor should consider an emergency cesarean section. Our lawyers work with medical experts who will review your case and determine if assisted delivery was an appropriate choice.

For More Information About Forceps And Vacuum Extraction Delivery

Our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to discuss your child’s assisted delivery and explain your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation to help your child meet the challenges ahead.