My baby was hurt with forceps during childbirth in Houston. What are my legal options?

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I’m sorry to hear about your child’s injuries. Forceps deliveries are a type of assisted delivery. In a forceps delivery, a health care provider uses forceps – an instrument that looks like a pair of large spoons – to help guide the baby’s head out of the birth canal.

Forceps deliveries increase the risk of trauma and complications during childbirth. Normally, forceps deliveries should only be performed if there is fetal distress or extended labor. Forceps deliveries can cause harm to the mother as well as the child. Some common injuries that could occur to the mother include damage to the urinary tract, internal bleeping, and uterine rupture. The child can suffer skull fractures, injuries to the face, internal bleeding, and seizures.

Doctors and nurses may be liable for medical malpractice for any negligence during a forceps delivery that causes a birth injury, if it can be proven that the birth injury could have been prevented with proper care. However, medical malpractice cases in Texas can be challenging. If you believe that your doctor or nurse provided improper care during your forceps delivery, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today or learn more about the firm on our Twitter page.

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