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The dangers associated with forceps extraction

Posted on April 15, 2015 1:28 pm under Medical Malpractice

Forceps extraction refers to the use of forceps during assisted delivery if the mother has not been able to push the baby out–even if her cervix is fully dilated, the baby is descended head first, and her membranes have ruptured. Forceps delivery is oftentimes performed without any complications. However, if performed without proper care, forceps deliveries can be destructive to both the parent and the baby.

Babies are at most risk in the case of faulty forceps delivery. According to the Mayo Clinic, among the most common risks of forceps delivery towards babies are:

  • Fracture in the skull
  • Bleeding inside the skull
  • Seizures
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Facial palsy (temporary weakness of facial muscles)
  • Eye trauma
  • Facial injuries

If you believe a faulty forceps delivery has caused your child to suffer from a disorder or injury, our lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you file a medical malpractice claim. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about what we can do to help you.