Forceps and vacuum extractor deliveries are rarer now than they once were, but doctors may still employ these techniques when an infant is having difficulty exiting the birthing canal. In some cases, a forceps or vacuum delivery is safer for an infant that is showing signs of fetal distress, as this is typically a faster delivery method than a C-section. However, the risk of trauma and injury—both to the infant and the mother—with a forceps or vacuum delivery is relatively high.
If you or your child suffered vacuum or forceps injuries, The Donnelly Law Firm can help. Our New Jersey birth injury lawyers have extensive experience, including more than 50 collective years in practice, handling complex injury claims. We can help you fight for the full, fair recovery you and your child deserve.
Types of Injuries Caused by Forceps & Vacuum Deliveries
Unfortunately, forceps and vacuum deliveries can result in a number of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.
Some of the most common forceps injuries include:
- Cuts, bruises, and lacerations on the infant’s face
- Cephalohematoma, or bruising on the head, which may lead to jaundice
- Internal bleeding in the infant’s skull (hemorrhage)
- Facial nerve damage, leading to infant facial paralysis
- Infant eye trauma
- Infant brain injury, potentially leading to cerebral palsy
- Tears in the birth canal
Common vacuum injuries include:
- Skull fractures
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Shoulder dystocia
- Erb’s palsy
- Eye trauma
- Brain hemorrhage
- Cerebral palsy
In very extreme (and rare) cases, improper forceps or vacuum delivery can lead to the infant’s death.
More Than 50 Years of Combined Legal Experience
Regardless of the severity of your child’s injuries, you deserve answers. If you believe your child was harmed due to negligent forceps or vacuum delivery, reach out to our New Jersey birth injury attorneys for the information and representation you need.
We have handled numerous cases and have successfully secured more than $140 million for our clients, including several notable results in excess of $1 million. While we understand that no amount of financial compensation can undo the pain and suffering your child has been through, a just settlement or jury verdict can allow you to properly provide for your child and improve his or her quality of life.