Forceps & Vacuum Injury Lawyers in North Carolina
Assisting Families in Complex Birth Injury Litigation
Assisted birth, though somewhat rarer than it once was, is still sometimes
used to aid in the delivery of a baby. When there are certain, non-life-threatening
complications during birth, the doctor or medical professional in charge
of the delivery will use forceps or a vacuum extractor to physically pull
the baby out. When used properly, these can be incredibly helpful medical
tools. When used improperly, however, forceps and vacuums can cause serious,
Did your child suffer serious injuries following a forceps- or vacuum-assisted
birth? Do you believe medical negligence is to blame? Reach out to the
legal team at Lanier Law Group. Since 1997, we have been providing compassionate,
personalized legal representation for injured children and their families.
Our North Carolina forceps and vacuum injury lawyers can help you seek
the full, fair compensation you are owed.
Contact us online or call
(855) 757-4204 to learn more about your legal rights and options during a free initial
consultation. Se habla español.
When & Why Forceps & Vacuums Are Used During Childbirth
Assistive devices, such as forceps and vacuum extractors, are typically
used when there are complications during labor or delivery that prevent
a typical birth from occurring naturally.
A doctor may use forceps or a vacuum extractor if:
- Labor is prolonged and/or not progressing
- You should not push for too long due to a medical condition
- Your baby is showing signs of fetal distress, necessitating immediate delivery
- Your baby is lodged in the birthing canal
Essentially, both forceps and vacuums may be used if something is delaying
the birth. The doctor may attempt to use a vacuum extractor and/or forceps
before ordering a
C-section (if assisted birth is not successful).
Common Forceps & Vacuum Injuries
While forceps and vacuum extractors can be helpful tools, they also pose
certain risks to both mothers and infants if they are not used correctly.
Though rare, some examples of forceps and vacuum extractor birth injuries include:
- Facial injuries (cuts, scrapes, pressure injuries, etc.)
- Temporary facial palsy (weakness of face muscles)
- Eye injuries (usually relatively minor)
- Broken bones
- Skull fractures
- Brain injuries/trauma
Additionally, the mother can suffer certain injuries associated with forceps
and vacuum extractor use, including pain, tearing, short- or long-term
incontinence, uterine rupture, pelvic organ prolapse, bladder injuries, and more.
What to Do If You or Your Child Suffered Birth Injuries
It’s important that you are aware of your rights. If a doctor, nurse,
or hospital’s negligence resulted in you or your child suffering
injuries or complications during or after labor or delivery, you may be
entitled to compensation for your damages.
At Lanier Law Group, our experienced North Carolina forceps and vacuum
injury lawyers can help you take legal action against the liable party.
We understand that you are dealing with an array of financial, physical,
and emotional challenges, which is why we are committed to doing everything
we can to ease your stress and secure the maximum compensation you are owed.
We provide all of our legal services on a
contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees necessary unless/until we recover a settlement
or verdict on your behalf. With
office locations throughout the state and a bilingual staff available to assist you in
Spanish, Lanier Law Group is ready to serve you and your family.
Call us today at
(855) 757-4204 to get started with your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.