Vancouver Emergency Childbirth Lawyers
During difficult births that require emergency delivery, doctors may use extraction tools such as vacuum suction or forceps. These tools are often used when there is fetal distress and the baby needs to be delivered rapidly. They can also be used when a mother is having a long and difficult labour. Unfortunately, when these tools are not used correctly, they can cause injuries to both the baby and the mother.
When birth injuries happen due to negligence on the part of the doctor or other medical professionals, family members need answers and compensation for what may be a lifetime of expensive medical treatment. At Pacific Medical Law, we have extensive legal expertise and provide professional service to clients who have been forced to deal with a birth injury due to doctor error.
Forceps and Vacuum Extraction During the Emergency Delivery of a Baby
Injuries that may occur to the baby during emergency delivery include:
- Lacerations and bruising
- Cephalohematoma, where blood gets trapped between the bone and the fibrous covering of the skull
- Facial paralysis
- Intracranial hemorrhage
These conditions, if they persist, can cause additional complications that may require extensive long-term medical care. Families who suddenly have to deal with the financial burden of these injuries, as well as the emotional burden of a birth injury, need legal recourse against those responsible for the injury.