Birth injuries are not always a result of negligence or errors, but there are times when they are. Children can suffer birth injuries because of a negligent staff member on their medical team or a doctor who has prescribed the mother dangerous medications or treatments. These medical professionals can and should be held accountable if a baby suffers injuries or is permanently disabled as a result.
Birth injuries can occur naturally during the birthing process. Bruising, injuries to the collar bone and some disabilities may be normal and a result of natural birth or growth in the womb. Other times, injuries are a direct result of a doctor’s errors or negligence.
One thing that used to cause many birth injuries was the use of forceps. Forceps are rarely used today, except in the final stages of delivery to help guide a baby. However, in the past, some doctors helped resolve difficult births by pulling out the infant with forceps instead of opting for a Cesarean section. Bringing a child down through the birth canal from high in the womb can be extremely dangerous. In fact, it increased the risk of birth injuries exponentially. Today, doctors using forceps wait longer to do so, and the tools rarely cause injury.
With a good assessment, a medical provider should be able to tell when assistance with forceps or a C-section is appropriate. If your child is injured because of the inappropriate use of forceps or other tools, you should learn more and ask your attorney to find out more about the options that are open to you.