If this article sounds similar to a recent experience that you or a loved one have suffered from, please don't hesitate to contact us online or call 859-578-4444 to schedule a free consultation!\r\n\r\n\tObstetric Forceps Implicated in Kentucky Birth Injuries\r\n\tEvery expecting parent's greatest wish is a healthy child. It is devastating to learn that your baby would have been born strong and healthy had it not been for a birth injury resulting from medical malpractice.\r\n\tUse of Obstetric Forceps\r\n\tOnce used fairly routinely to facilitate childbirth, obstetric forceps are now a tool of last resort due to the substantial risk of birth injuries. Presently less than 3% of infants are delivered with the help of forceps.\r\n\tObstetric forceps resemble a pair of large tongs with two steel blades that are used to grip--and sometimes rotate--the baby inside the birth canal. Gentle traction is then applied to deliver the infant.\r\n\tForceps deliveries are categorized as outlet, low, mid, or high forceps, based on the level and position of the baby's head in the birth canal. Since precise knowledge of the fetal head's location and position is essential if birth injuries are to be avoided, high forceps delivery is now widely regarded as a departure from the accepted standard of care and is no longer performed. Even mid forceps delivery is controversial among medical professionals due to the increased risk of birth injury.\r\n\tForceps Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice\r\n\tIn skilled hands, forceps can prevent traumatic injury to an infant stuck in the birth canal. If used improperly, however, the consequences can be disastrous. Forceps birth injuries range from the mild and transient to the permanently debilitating, including:\r\n\t\r\n\t\tBruises and Lacerations\u00a0- Forceps marks on the face and head usually heal within a week, but occasionally permanently disfiguring marks are left.\r\n\t\tCorneal Injury\u00a0- Forceps-related damage to the newborn's cornea can result in varying degrees of vision loss.\r\n\t\tFacial Nerve Paralysis\u00a0- Damage to facial nerves may be temporary--disappearing within a few weeks--or permanent.\r\n\t\tSkull Fractures\u00a0- When too much pressure is applied to forceps, depressed skull fractures can be the result.\r\n\t\tSpinal Cord Injuries\u00a0- Spinal cord birth injuries typically result in severe disability or death and can be caused by improper forceps rotation.\r\n\t\tBrachial Palsy\u00a0- Characterized by weakness or paralysis of the arm,\u00a0Brachial Palsy\u00a0is usually the result of nerve damage sustained during delivery.\r\n\t\tCerebral Palsy\u00a0- Improper use of forceps can cause brain injuries, resulting in\u00a0Cerebral Palsy.\r\n\t\r\n\tHow a Kentucky Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help\r\n\tTo determine if your child's forceps birth injury is the result of medical malpractice, it's important that you contact an experienced birth injury lawyer as soon as possible. The\u00a0Northern Kentucky birth injury attorneys\u00a0at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson have represented the rights of birth trauma victims and their families for over 35 years. We understand what you are going through, and we will review your case and advise you of your legal options. Complete our online form for a\u00a0free birth injury consultation, or call (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to speak to an experienced Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer today.