The use of forceps or vacuum extraction are delivery methods that should be saved for emergency situations. In some cases, the emergency is unavoidable and has nothing to do with the attending doctor. In most cases, however, injuries caused by forceps or vacuum extraction are the direct result of malpractice or negligence on the part of the doctor.
If you child has suffered injuries or wrongful death from forceps or vacuum extraction, our Detroit delivery error lawyers can help you obtain the maximum compensation. We believe that you, the client, are the centerpiece of everything we do as a law firm. At McKeen & Associates, P.C., you will get attorneys who will listen to your situation and fight for the best compensation award available in your case.
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A doctor needs to use forceps or vacuum extraction methods when the child gets stuck somehow in the birth canal. There is almost never a reason for a child to suffer dystocia, Erb's palsy or other injury from the use of forceps or vacuum extraction. If the doctor uses these tools properly, they should not harm the child. In most cases, the doctor can avoid the situations that necessitate the use of these delivery methods in the first place:
- Improper monitoring: Most of the time, use of forceps and vacuum extraction can be avoided if the doctor is monitoring the pregnancy, labor and delivery properly.
- Irregular blood sugar: If the mother's blood sugars fluctuate too much during pregnancy, the child gets too much sugar, leading to exaggerated growth before delivery. In many cases, the child becomes too large to pass through the birth canal, and needs to be pulled out by forceps or vacuum.
- Failure to perform a timely C-Section: A cesarean delivery early enough in labor can avoid the need to use forceps or vacuum extraction methods.
- Umbilical cord compression: If a child gets stuck in the birth canal and is not getting adequate blood flow or adequate oxygen, a doctor might need to perform an emergency procedure with forceps or vacuum extraction.
We have the experience to find the root cause of the emergency that resulted in vacuum extraction or use of forceps. We will use this to get you the compensation you need.
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