Winckler & Harvey, L.L.P.
A Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Law Firm
Free Initial Consultations 512-593-7399

What to watch for during a forceps delivery

Babies who are delivered with the assistance of forceps may experience minor injuries. Typically, these injuries involve bruises or marks around the head, and a baby could be scratched by the device as well. Mothers in Texas and elsewhere could also be injured if forceps are needed to complete a delivery. While most injuries heal over time, this is not always true.

For instance, if a baby is scratched, it could leave him or her vulnerable to infection. If a mother has HIV, the baby could be at risk of contracting it through an open wound. Mothers can also experience infection if the walls of the bladder or rectum are penetrated during a forceps delivery. Incontinence could be a side effect that mothers face after a delivery involving forceps.

Another possible risk to the baby is permanent facial paralysis if the forceps press too hard on the facial nerve. Surgery could be required to relieve pressure on facial nerves to ensure that the paralysis is only temporary. Furthermore, too much pressure on the baby's skull could lead to a fracture and bleeding that may cause permanent brain damage. In rare cases, the baby's skull and spine could separate, which could cause long-term damage to the child.

If a mother or baby experiences birth injuries, it may be possible to take action against a medical professional. Multiple parties may be liable for injuries. In a lawsuit or settlement, compensation might be granted to provide for an injured party's current and future medical bills. A financial award may also be granted to cover any future earnings that the mother or child might experience because of a medical professional's error. Legal counsel may be helpful during the legal process.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Want To
Learn More?

At Winckler & Harvey, LLP, we are committed to giving every individual and family we represent the attention they deserve, delivered with the highest caliber of knowledge and skill available. Do not hesitate to get the representation you need.
Email or call us at 512-593-7399.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Lawyers Trusted In Texas And Nationwide

Members of our team have received many honors and awards.

  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers | 2017
  • Best Lawyers of the year
  • Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers in America is a Woodward White Peer-Review Publication
    Our firm has earned the designation of Best Law Firms since 2010
    Jay Winckler has been designated a Best Lawyer since 2009
    Jay Harvey has been designated a Best Lawyer since 2006
  • Super Lawyers (A service of Thomson Reuters)
    Jay Winckler: 2003, 2011-2012, 2014-2017
    Jay Harvey: 2003 - 2017