Orlando Forceps Injury Attorney
Have You or Your Child Suffered a Forceps Delivery Injury in Orlando, FL?
The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion, but sometimes complications arise that require medical intervention. In such cases, doctors may use tools such as forceps or vacuums to assist in the delivery. However, if these tools are used improperly or without adequate care, they can cause serious injuries to both mother and child. At the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., we specialize in representing families who have been affected by forceps injuries and vacuum extraction injuries.
What is a Forceps Injury?
A forceps delivery involves the use of metal instruments that resemble large spoons or tongs to guide the baby's head through the birth canal. This procedure can result in various types of injuries including facial palsy, skull fractures, and lacerations among others.
Common causes of forceps delivery injuries include:
- Misplacement or improper application of forceps: If the forceps are not positioned correctly on the baby's head, it can lead to injuries. Forceps should be carefully placed around the baby's head to avoid trauma.
- Maternal tissue injury: Forceps can sometimes cause injury to the mother's vaginal or perineal tissues. This can lead to tears, lacerations, or bruising.
- Fetal injuries: The baby's head is the primary point of contact with forceps, and injuries to the baby can occur if excessive force is applied. Common fetal injuries include scalp bruises, facial bruising, and skull fractures.
- Nerve damage: Forceps delivery can put pressure on the baby's facial nerves, leading to facial nerve injuries. This can result in temporary or permanent facial muscle weakness or paralysis.
- Intracranial hemorrhage: Excessive force during forceps delivery can lead to bleeding within the baby's brain, resulting in intracranial hemorrhage. This can have serious consequences for the baby's neurological development.
- Cephalohematoma: Forceps can cause bleeding between the baby's skull and the periosteum (the membrane covering the bones), leading to the formation of a cephalohematoma. This condition may resolve on its own but can increase the risk of infection or jaundice.
- Injury to the mother's bladder or urethra: Forceps can accidentally injure the mother's bladder or urethra during the delivery process.
- Postpartum complications: Forceps delivery may increase the risk of postpartum complications for the mother, such as pelvic floor injuries, urinary incontinence, and anal sphincter tears.
- Long-term developmental issues: In rare cases, forceps delivery injuries can result in long-term developmental problems for the baby, including cognitive or motor impairments.
Additionally, in a vacuum extraction procedure, a suction cup is applied to the baby's head to assist with passage through the birth canal. When improperly used this method can lead to scalp wounds, skull fractures, and even brain hemorrhage among other serious conditions.
Choosing the Right Orlando Forceps Injury Lawyer
When selecting a lawyer to represent you in a forceps injury case, it's crucial to choose an experienced attorney who understands the complexities of medical malpractice law.
The Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. offers the following advantages:
- Medical Expertise: Attorney Michael Barszcz holds both a medical degree (M.D.) and a law degree (J.D.), providing a unique perspective and understanding of medical malpractice cases.
- Proven Track Record: Our firm has successfully handled numerous medical malpractice cases, including forceps injury cases, securing fair compensation for our clients.
- Compassionate Approach: We understand the physical and emotional toll that forceps injuries can have on families. Our team offers compassionate support throughout the legal process.
- Personalized Attention: Each case is unique, and we take the time to understand your specific circumstances and needs.
- Trial Experience: While many cases are resolved through negotiation, we are prepared to take your case to trial if necessary to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Forceps injuries during childbirth can have devastating consequences for both mothers and newborns. If you're facing such a situation in Orlando, Florida, the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. is here to support you.
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