Birth injuries can happen. Our lawyers are here to answer your questions. Find out the facts on forceps and vacuum extractor injuries during birth.

Can forceps cause birth injuries?

Forceps, an instrument that looks a bit like a pair of tongs and is used to facilitate vaginal delivery, can cause birth injuries when incorrectly used. Physicians must be very careful to properly apply forceps and to not excessively press or pull on the baby’s head. As each contraction occurs, the obstetrician is supposed to…

Are birth injuries caused by vacuum extraction delivery noticeable right away?

Vacuum extractors are risky delivery instruments that sometimes cause infant brain bleeds (intracranial hemorrhages). Sometimes, babies with brain bleeds have swelling and bruising of the head. However, in other cases, there are no external signs.  Due to the potential for severe brain damage that can be caused by hemorrhages – especially subgaleal hemorrhages –  early recognition…

Can I file a birth injury lawsuit if my child was injured due to a vacuum extractor birth?

Yes. Vacuum extractors are used frequently to assist in difficult births. When used correctly, a vacuum extractor is safe and effective. However, when not used properly, vacuum extractors can be very dangerous to the newborn. The vacuum works by attaching a suction cup-like device to the baby’s skull. Pressure is provided through a tube attached…

What is a vacuum extraction (suction) delivery and can it cause birth injuries?

Most vaginal deliveries do not require assistive instruments, but there are cases in which labor alone cannot move the baby through the birth canal in a timely fashion. Physicians can first attempt to reposition the mother during delivery to try to move the baby down the birth canal. If this is ineffective, most physicians use vacuum extractors to avoid a C-section or…