Forceps And Vacuum Delivery Injuries

Forceps and vacuum extractors may be necessary as assistive devices to help guide the baby through the birth canal.

All too often incorrect or careless use of forceps and vacuum extractors by a physician or other medical provider can result in devastating head trauma, brain damage, cerebral palsy and lifetime injuries. NOW Law of Harrisburg and Philadelphia is one of Pennsylvania's most experienced and respected medical malpractice and birth injury law firms. Our attorneys can help you recover the necessary compensation when you are left dealing with the effects of a birth injury.

Effects On A Child

Since both forceps and vacuum extractors are applied to the baby's head during delivery, misuse of either assistive device can cause devastating head and brain injuries, including:

  • Brain bleeds (intracranial hemorrhage)
  • Fetal stroke
  • Cerebral contusion
  • Skull fractures
  • Brain compression
  • Seizures
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  • Cerebral palsy

Maternal Injuries Can Also Occur

There is also serious risk to the mother from the misuse of assistive delivery tools causing:

  • Placental or uterine rupture
  • Hemorrhage
  • Infection
  • Tissue and organ damage

Proving Doctor Negligence

There are risk factors that a doctor can look for — the positioning of the fetus or the width of the mother's pelvis — before starting a forceps delivery. If the doctor failed to heed obvious warning signs that an injury could occur, our lawyers can uncover it.

Call NOW Law Today

Work with lawyers who have recovered multimillion-dollar verdicts on behalf of families just like yours. We will put our experience and skills to use in helping your child have a better future and holding negligent parties accountable. To learn more, schedule a free consultation today by calling our offices at 717-798-3588 or 888-699-7097.