A baby’s birth is one of life’s happiest moments and brings indescribable joy to their parents. But when emergencies happen during delivery, it can quickly become the scariest moment in a parent’s life. Many things can cause challenging births, but when labor isn’t progressing or the baby’s safety depends on it, doctors may opt to use forceps to guide the baby down the birth canal.
This emergency procedure can be the lifesaving miracle a baby needs to survive a challenging delivery. But the use of forceps puts mothers and babies at increased risk of life-threatening injuries and potentially lifelong health problems.
Where there are benefits, there are also risks. A forceps delivery can save a baby and mother’s life, but it can also lead to other injuries and health problems. Some parents whose children suffered severe, life-altering injuries after being born with forceps have filed medical malpractice suits against doctors and hospitals that put their child’s life at risk. The lawsuits accuse the doctor or hospital of negligence that caused injury to the patient.
Forceps births that lead to serious injury are sometimes the subject of medical malpractice suits. Filing a lawsuit may help an individual injured due to negligent healthcare recoup damages such as lost wages and medical bills.