Forceps/Vacuum Extractors and Birth Injuries


Forceps and vacuum extractors are instruments used in certain instances to help deliver babies. If used improperly, however, they can cause brain bleeding, trauma, head injuries, birth injuries, and other severe complications (1). If your child was injured during birth by the use of forceps or a vacuum extractor, you may notice a problem right away. If your baby required intubation, an MRI or CAT scan, or a prolonged hospital stay, your child may have been injured during birth with these instruments. If you have questions or would like to learn more, call us today. We do not charge a fee for any part of the legal process unless we win. 


  1. Michigan Birth Injury Lawyers: Vacuum Extractor Injuries.” Michigan Birth Injury & HIE Attorneys,


MR. REITER: Usually when you use forceps and vacuum incorrectly you can tell something after the baby is born. And basically you’re looking at whether the baby was sent to the NICU, whether the baby required incubation with a tube put down their throat to help them to breathe, whether they had seizures, whether they did an MRI or CAT scan of the brain and it showed bleeding, whether there was a prolonged hospital stay, whether the baby was lethargic or tired, didn’t cry well. All these are types of signs and findings you might have if there was a vacuum or forceps injury.

So, if you feel that you’ve been affected by an injury like this and your child suffered any of these things, or in the more long term if there is cerebral palsy or development delays, difficulties in school after a vacuum or forceps injury, feel free to come in for a free consultation. Call us on the phone. The consultation is free and we look over these types of records all of the time.