Childbirth is not always a smooth process. Depending on the circumstances, labour can be difficult meaning that some extra assistance is needed to make the process easier on the mother and child. Birth forceps can be used to ease the baby’s head out of the birth canal, particularly when the baby is at risk and a quick delivery is needed. These are normally used during a contraction and the mother is encouraged to push. If labour is not progressing naturally birth forceps may be used. If these do not encourage birth then a Caesarean section may be necessary. When using birth forceps, there is a slight risk of injury to the baby as well as the mother but this may be an unavoidable consequence. However, if the procedure is not handled correctly, the risk of injury can be higher. This is rare, but there is the potential for birth forceps injury to occur during labour and, in some cases, compensation may be claimed for.
What risks are there?
Birth forceps injuries may occur if there is no need for them to be used at all or injuries may occur to the baby if they are used incorrectly. The procedure should only be used in certain circumstances such as when the baby or mother has a pre-existing medical condition or when a certain amount of time has lapsed and no progress has been made during labour. There may be nerve damage and the risk of scarring is increased with the use of the forceps during childbirth. If you think that a medical professional has used the procedure unnecessarily or you or your baby has sustained an injury as a result of negligence then you may be able to make a compensation claim.
How to make a claim for a birth forceps injury
Injuries to you or your baby may be claimed for if someone else was at fault when using birth forceps during childbirth. Where there is evidence of medical negligence, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim. Just take our 30-second online test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be or give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline to speak to a solicitor about your case. We understand that the injuries to you or your baby may cause you financial difficulty, particularly if you must take time off work to meet medical appointments. Some compensation may help you with this.
Date Published: July 11, 2014
Author: David Brown