Forceps Delivery Negligence Claims
Sometimes birth does not go as smoothly as everyone hopes. The second stage of delivery, where contractions help push the baby through the birth canal and into the world, can sometimes go on too long. The mother begins to tire, and the child becomes distressed, and medical intervention in the form of forceps or a ventouse becomes necessary.
Obstetric forceps are designed to fit the curve of a baby’s head to enable the doctor to use the contractions and gently pull the baby down. Forceps have regularly been used in childbirth for at least 200 years, though they have been around for 400 years, so they’re not a new tool. Efficient use of them can speed up a lagging labour and safely deliver a baby without the need of a caesarian. The ventouse is a modern alternative to forceps. It works by attaching a cup to a baby’s head and using suction to help pull the baby down.
What is Forceps Delivery Negligence?
Negligence in a forceps delivery may refer to the delayed use of forceps or a ventouse, or damage caused by inappropriate use. Injuries caused to the mother can include:
- Cuts and abrasions to the vagina and cervix.
- Increased blood loss.
- Damage to the bladder.
- Episiotomy complications.
Injuries clients have claimed compensation for their child have included:
- Cerebral palsy.
- Nerve damage, including to nerves in the shoulders and arms.
- Damage to the skull.
- Cuts and scarring.
Intervention with forceps has decreased over the last decade as the use of the ventouse has risen, and as the risks associated with cesarian deliveries have fallen, however, there are some situations in which a baby’s position means forceps are the best option. Whatever method medical staff use to assist in the birth, they should make clear risks to both the baby and the mother to correctly obtain informed consent.
How Can We Help?
If you feel you or your baby suffered a birth injury due to negligence, then contact The Medical Negligence Experts. Our team of lawyers have experience in handling such claims. They can talk to you about your situation and give their professional opinion on whether your request for compensation has a good chance of being successful.
When raising a claim of forceps delivery negligence it is up to the claimant to prove negligence not only occurred, but that it harmed the health of the mother or baby, or caused them injury in some way. The Medical Negligence Experts can put you in contact with the right independent medical experts who can assist with this. Once our investigation concludes and we can prove the negligence and subsequent injuries, we will put your case to the care provider in writing, request they acknowledge their responsibility and make fair compensation. A large proportion of medical negligence cases settle settled without going to court, but if they refuse to acknowledge negligence, or you cannot agree on appropriate compensation, we will refer the matter to the courts.
There is a legally defined time limit to making a claim for personal injury and medical negligence so contact The Medical Negligence Experts today.
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Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
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How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
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Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
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