One of the happiest moments in a parent’s life is the birth of their baby. But emergencies that happen during birth can quickly turn one of life’s most precious moments into one of the scariest. Problems during delivery can occur for many reasons, and when labor isn’t progressing, or the baby’s life depends on it, doctors could reach for a pair of forceps to help deliver the baby faster.
Forceps deliveries can be a lifesaving delivery method for the baby and mother, but they can also put them both at increased risk of severe injuries and potentially lifelong health problems. In rare cases, forceps deliveries can cause life-altering brain and nerve injuries.
Parents whose child suffered severe, life-changing injuries after a forceps delivery was performed may choose to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor or hospital if negligence or wrongdoing is suspected. These lawsuits can help families recoup damages such as lost wages and pay for past and future medical bills. The lawsuits also hold the responsible party accountable for the pain and suffering they caused due to negligence.
If your child was born with birth injuries after being delivered with the assistance of forceps, you should contact an attorney right away to learn about your options for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.