Although all parents hope for a smooth childbirth, sometimes serious complications arise and the birthing team needs to act quickly to ensure the safety of the mother and the baby. In some cases, the medical team may use special birthing tools such as forceps or vacuum extractors to assist with the birthing process.

While these tools can help mitigate complications and expedite a safe delivery, they can also cause serious birth injuries if used improperly. In Tennessee, families of infants injured or stillborn as a result of improper birthing tool usage may seek legal recourse through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Has your baby suffered a preventable birth injury because of a doctor's improper use of birthing tools in Memphis? If so, you may qualify for compensation for your losses. Learn if you have legal recourse by filling out a free, no-obligation case review form today.

Forceps and Vacuum Injury

Forceps and vacuums are used primarily in situations when the birthing process needs to be sped up. This usually happens if the infant is stuck in the birthing canal, if the infant is in distress, or if the infant's vitals (oxygen and heart rate) are at worrisome levels.

If they are used properly, these birthing tools can speed up the birthing process and alleviate serious, life-threatening complications. If used improperly, though, these tools have the ability to severely injure the fragile child, possibly leading to permanent medical conditions and even death.

Some of the most common birth injuries that result from improper forceps and vacuum use include:

  • Blood clots or hemorrhaging
  • Swelling of the infant's scalp
  • Brain injury
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Erb's palsy
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Facial paralysis
  • Asphyxia
  • Dejerine-Klumpke palsy
  • Bone fractures
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Umbilical cord strangulation or injuries

When to Contact a Birth Injury Attorney

Although the birth of a child is often the most rewarding experience of a parent's life, the birth injury attorneys at Morgan & Morgan recognize that for some, complications and birthing errors can lead to catastrophic injuries. After a birth injury, it is extremely important to move quickly to collect evidence, speak to medical professionals, and determine who is at fault for any resulting injuries or deaths.

Our Memphis birth injury lawyers are extremely skilled litigators who will fight to recover compensation for you and your child. If you suspect that your child has been injured due to the improper use of a forceps or vacuum, you may be entitled to legal recourse. To learn about your options, fill out our free, no-obligation case review form.

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