Charlottesville Forceps Injury & Vacuum Extraction Injury Attorney
Giving birth is an experience that many parents would describe as miraculous – there is nothing quite like bringing new life into this world. What’s more, most parents would agree that when they are planning for a new baby, the most important thing to them is that the baby is healthy and well. While most pregnancies and deliveries do indeed go as planned, injuries to a newborn can occur during the birthing process, especially when forceps and vacuum extractors are improperly used. At the law office of MichieHamlett, our Charlottesville forceps injuries and vacuum extraction injuries attorneys can provide you with representation if your newborn has been harmed at your doctor’s hands. Call us today to learn more.
Forceps and Vacuum Extractor Injuries
Forceps and vacuum extractors are two types of medical devices that are often used during the birthing process to help free a newborn from the birth canal. These types of devices are used when a baby’s shoulder is stuck behind the mother’s pelvis, when labor isn’t progressing, or when immediate delivery is necessary. While these devices can be helpful and necessary in many cases, they are often improperly used in some cases. Excessive use of force or unnecessary use of forceps or vacuum extractors can lead to:
- Facial injuries;
- Brachial plexus injuries;
- Bleeding within the skull;
- External eye trauma;
- Facial palsy;
- Seizures; and
- Skull fractures.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim Following Forceps or Vacuum Extractor Injuries
If your newborn baby has suffered any of the above injury types as a result of the unnecessary or improper use of forceps, a vacuum extractor, or both, you may have grounds to bring forth a medical malpractice claim. In order to win your claim, you’ll need to prove that the doctor breached the medical standard of care owed to you and your child, and that the breach of the standard of care was the proximate cause of harm and subsequent damages your family has suffered, such as medical expenses to treat your child’s injuries.
To prove that a breach of the medical standard of care has occurred, you’ll need to get the expert statements of other doctors of similar training and background who can testify about why the doctor in your case improperly or unnecessarily used the forceps or vacuum extractor. Our lawyers can assist in this process by hiring experts, gathering evidence, organizing your claim documents, and calculating the value of your damages.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Charlottesville Birth Injury Lawyers Today
When your child has suffered harm during the birthing process as a result of the improper or unnecessary use of forceps or a vacuum extractor, you and your family deserve to be compensated in full. We understand that nothing is more heartbreaking than knowing that your newborn has suffered preventable injuries. Our lawyers will provide you with the aggressive legal support and guidance that’s required to improve your chances of getting your maximum settlement amount. For your free consultation with our Charlottesville forceps injuries and vacuum extractor injuries attorneys, please call our law office directly today.