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Forceps Injury | Hire a NYC Birth Injury Lawyer to Represent You
Forceps are a tool commonly used in many birthing situations. When used, forceps are usually applied to the baby’s head and used to help guide the child through the birth canal.
However, if the doctor is negligent, this can result in an injury to either the child or the mother—sometimes both.
Any time a patient is injured because a doctor did not show the correct amount of care in using forceps, there is potential for a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you or your child were injured in a forceps-assisted birth, contact a New York City forceps injury lawyer to determine if you might be eligible for financial compensation.
Forceps Injuries to the Mother
Forceps injuries to the mother can sometimes be difficult to detect as the damage is often internal.
Any of the following symptoms could indicate a forceps injury after giving birth:
- Pain in the perineum
- Difficulty urinating or completely emptying the bladder
- Injuries to the bladder or urethra
- Uterine rupture
- Pelvic organ prolapse
If the doctor present during the birth won’t give you a straight answer regarding any of the above symptoms, it may be necessary to seek a second opinion from a different physician. Should a forceps-related injury be discovered, immediately consult with a New York City forceps injury lawyer to proceed with a medical malpractice suit.
Forceps Injuries to the Baby
Obviously, a firm-but-gentle touch will be required anytime a doctor chooses to use forceps to assist in the birthing process. If the doctor makes an error, the impact on the child could be readily apparent:
- Facial injuries due to inappropriate pressure
- External eye trauma
- Internal bleeding in the head
- Facial palsy
- Paralysis or seizures
If your child has been injured in one of these ways, you likely have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit and should contact a New York City forceps injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Financial Compensation for Forceps Injuries
Forceps injuries can vary substantially in severity. The worst can require expensive long-term care and may even lead to permanent disabilities.
This can result in serious financial burdens and emotional or mental trauma. One moment of negligence on the part of a doctor can gravely impact his or her patients—at no fault of their own.
Any expenses related to a forceps injury could be eligible for financial compensation:
- Medical bills
- Ongoing care
- Therapy for emotional or mental trauma
- Lost wages due to time off work
- Pain and suffering
Contact a New York City Attorney
You have the right to expect proper care from your doctor. If a physician’s carelessness has caused you or your child harm, you are entitled to financial compensation for the results of that negligent action.
Schedule a free consultation with a New York City forceps injury lawyer by calling 1-800-VICTIM2 (1-800-842-8462). The attorneys of Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can provide you with legal advice regarding how to proceed with your medical malpractice case.