Forceps Injuries that Affect a Mother during Delivery
If a delivery isn’t progressing according to a doctor’s expectations, they may employ the use of forceps to assist in childbirth. In capable, safe hands, forceps can help safeguard the health of both the mother and child while speeding up the delivery to a more appropriate pace. However, if a doctor makes a serious mistake while using this instrument, he or she may cause serious birth injuries. Although injuries to the child may be more common in these situations, mothers can also be severely injured as a result.
Complications for Mothers after a Forceps Injury
A doctor may need to intervene during labor with the use of forceps, but should take special care to avoid any injuries to the mother or child when doing so. The following health problems may arise for the mother if a doctor fails to do so:
- Anemia due to excessive blood loss
- Bladder and urethra injuries
- Uterine rupture injuries
- Prolapsed pelvic organs due to muscle or ligament injuries
- Genital tract tears
- Perineum injuries
- Fecal or urinary incontinence
While many of these injuries may require considerable short-term care, some may lead to permanent health problems. In either case, a mother may be left with unexpected, drastically expensive medical bills for a mistake made by a delivery room physician.
If you’ve been injured during childbirth because of a doctor’s negligent use of forceps, you may be entitled to file a medical malpractice lawsuit for compensation to cover your injury-related expenses. Our attorneys at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, believe in fighting for the rights of those who have been negligently and unduly harmed by the acts of irresponsible medical professionals. Find out if you are eligible to fight for financial compensation by calling 513-321-7733 today.