Queens Forceps Injury Attorneys
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Both mothers and children are extremely fragile during labor and delivery, so the thought of involving large, metal “salad tongs” is understandably frightening for many families. While these devices are sometimes necessary to deliver your baby safely, they are often misused and can lead to serious birth injuries, affecting mother and child.
If you are injured by forceps or another assistive device (like a vacuum) in the delivery room, you may be entitled to compensation. The Law Office of David A. Kates can help you understand what went wrong and take legal action, if appropriate.
For more information about what we can do for you, keep reading – and call us at (718) 866-3664 with any questions or concerns or to get started.
When Do Doctors Use Forceps?
Sometimes, women simply cannot push their babies out on their own. In situations like this, an “operative vaginal delivery” may be appropriate. An operative vaginal delivery means your doctor will use forceps or a vacuum to guide your baby through the birth canal.
Doctors may use forceps or a vacuum when:
- You’re pushing, but labor isn’t progressing (doctors give women 1 to 3 hours to push depending on their birth history and whether or not they have an epidural)
- You are exhausted and tell your doctor that you cannot keep pushing
- Your baby’s heartbeat suggests a problem
- You have a medical condition (like heart disease or high blood pressure) that limits the amount of time you can push
In most cases, you have to give your medical provider consent to perform an operative vaginal delivery. This can be a stressful decision, but your doctor may not use forceps or a vacuum without your permission.
Situations Where Forceps Are Inappropriate
Even if you give them permission, there are some situations where your medical provider should not recommend or complete an operative vaginal delivery.
Your doctor should never use forceps or vacuum if:
- Your baby has a condition that affects their bones (osteogenesis imperfecta) or a bleeding disorder (hemophilia)
- Your baby’s head has not moved past the midpoint of the birth canal
- Your baby’s shoulders or arms are leading the way through the birth canal
- Your doctor cannot accurately determine the position of the baby’s head
- Medical professionals are concerned your baby will not fit through your pelvis (the baby is too big or your pelvis is too small)
If your doctor performs an operative vaginal delivery without your permission or in any of the situations above, you may have experienced an instance of medical malpractice. Please call our Queens forceps injury lawyer immediately.
Common Forceps Injuries
Statistics from a medical journal reveal that 26.5% of mothers who had forceps deliveries experienced obstetrical trauma, and 1 in 4 mothers being injured does not even account for the risks operative vaginal delivery presents to the child.
Mothers may experience:
- Tearing around the vagina, rectum, or urethra
- Increased blood loss
- Short-term or long-term incontinence (involuntary urination or defecation)
- Uterine rupture
- Pelvic organ prolapse (when the muscles supporting your pelvic muscles weaken, causing the organs to drop lower in the pelvis)
Children may suffer from:
- Facial injuries
- External eye trauma
- Weakness in the facial muscles (facial palsy)
- Skull fractures
- Bleeding within the skull (intracranial hemorrhage)
Many times, these injuries occur because doctors failed to plan for a difficult delivery or recommend an emergency cesarean birth (C-section). Other times, medical professionals do not know how to use forceps and other assistive devices properly.
When a doctor’s mistake causes serious injury to you or your child, you have a right to pursue legal action. We can help you file a lawsuit against the medical provider who harmed you.
Why Choose the Law Office of David A. Kates?
For over 20 years, Attorney David A. Kates has been committed to fighting for victims of medical malpractice. His tenacity and passion have led to millions of dollars in settlement and verdicts for our clients at the Law Office of David A. Kates.
When you choose our firm, you can expect personalized dedication and a lawyer who is willing to go the extra mile on your behalf.
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