What risks are associated with forceps deliveries?

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
August 4, 2023

Obstetricians in Texas must be prepared to manage any problems or complications that may arise when their patients go into labor. Not only are they responsible for the lives of the women under their care, but they are also responsible for the health and safety of the babies that they deliver into the world. While some mothers may have smooth labors and deliveries that do not require any intervention, others may need support and intervention from their doctors to birth their babies.

Forceps are a common tool that can be used when labor and delivery stalls. Forceps are a tool that resembles a pair of spoons held together and that are placed around a baby’s head to guide it out of the birth canal. Although the proper use of forceps should result in a healthy and safe birth, serious and deadly consequences can occur when they are used unnecessarily or improperly.

Babies whose births is facilitated by forceps may suffer trauma to their face, eyes or skull. They may endure bleeding in their brain or facial paralysis. Forceps use may cause seizures in babies, and mothers who have forceps used during their deliveries may suffer internal trauma to their bodies as well.

In emergency situations, forceps can be an effective tool for extracting a baby who is suffering life-threatening complications. However, their use is not without risk to both mother or child. When a child suffers an injury due to the use of forceps during their birth, their parents may want to investigate if their child has rights to compensation. Birth injury lawsuits may be able to address these difficult medical issues.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

August 4 2023

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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