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Incorrect Use of Forceps and Vacuum Extractors

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Medical professionals undergo years of training to learn how to safely deliver a baby. And as part of that training, they learn how to properly use forceps and vacuum extractors to remove a baby from inside the mother.

Such devices can be critical, life-saving tools in an emergency. There are many situations in which doctors use this type of technology to deliver a baby, especially if the baby becomes stuck inside the mother during the delivery.

However, these devices can be dangerous. If doctors or other medical professionals don't use them properly, severe birth injuries can occur. That's why it's important to have an experienced birth injury lawyer on your side. That's why you need Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices, P.C. We can investigate your birth injury and make sure your rights are respected.

Did your doctor make a mistake?

It is important to note that not every use of forceps and vacuum devices constitutes medical malpractice. Even serious injuries resulting from the use of these devices does not necessarily indicate medical negligence. In fact, there are situations in which the use of this type of technology was the only choice a doctor had.

We have to look deeper to determine whether an instance of child injury is a result of medical malpractice. In conjunction with our legal nurse consultant Margaret Oberts, our lawyers know how to review the medical records and other evidence to determine whether negligence was a factor.

Some of the questions we regularly try to answer during such investigations include:

  • Should the doctor have used these devices at all? While some situations suggest the use of forceps or vacuum devices, other cases are more or less serious and suggest either a C-section or other procedures.
  • Should the doctor have used the device earlier? In some cases, doctors wait too long to use forceps or vacuum devices, and by the time they do use them, it is too late.
  • Did the doctor use the device incorrectly? There are correct and incorrect ways to use these devices. Our legal team can explore the medical records, witness testimony and other evidence to determine whether malpractice was a factor.

Common mistakes, injuries

Forceps and vacuum extractors used incorrectly can cause serious injuries to newborn children. Some of the most common (and most severe) injuries caused by such devices include:

  • Skull fractures
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Hypoxia (Brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation)

Many other injuries are common. And each one of them requires its own, unique approach. That's why it's important to contact our law firm as soon as possible. That way, we can explain all the options available to you and which one makes the most sense for your specific scenario.

How we can help you

Birth injury cases can be complicated. That's because the doctor or other medical professionals who misused the forceps or vacuum will often not admit doing anything wrong. They realize there's often thousands or millions of dollars at stake.

As your law firm, we're prepared to do the work that needs to be done to hold health care professionals accountable for their actions. We know how to investigate birth injuries. We know how to effectively negotiate with insurance companies. And if they refuse to cooperate, we're prepared to take them to court.

Our law firm brings exceptional experience, knowledge and commitment to protecting victims of birth injuries. We have been serving clients for more than 40 years as a law firm. We have offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and our attorneys serve clients throughout the United States.

Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices, P.C. - your case matters here.

Chicago

20 North Clark Street
#3100
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-236-4146
Fax: 312-236-5913

Milwaukee

600 N. Broadway
Suite 310
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-263-4484