Forcep Delivery Nerve Damage and Birth Trauma

During child birth and delivery, it is not uncommon for the doctor to encounter complications and problems.  How the doctor, hospital and medical staff react to these issues often impacts the long-term health of the child.

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Forceps are occasionally used during birth to ease the delivery or to help the baby come out. However, if the proper standard of care is not followed, a birth injury from forceps may be suffered by the child, resulting in nerve damage, brain damage or cerebral palsy.

The malpractice lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. investigate forceps birth injury lawsuits for children born with a brain trauma, nerve damage or other injuries caused by incorrect or inappropriate use of forceps during delivery. Request a free case evaluation.


Forceps are metal instruments that appear similar to salad tongs.  They have two rounded cups on each end, which are used to fit around the baby’s head.  If forcep delivery is unsuccessful in bringing the baby out, a cesarean (c-section) is usually performed.

Forceps may be medically indicated when the:

  • Baby is in fetal distress
  • Baby is abnormally positioned
  • Mother is having difficulty pushing

The improper use of forceps can result in nerve damage to the side of the baby’s face when a doctor fails to follow the proper standards of medical care. 

Facial nerve trauma from forceps will be more noticeable when the baby cries.  If the face appears uneven or asymmetrical, there may be permanent nerve damage.

Inappropriate use of forceps during the delivery could also result in trauma to the baby’s head.  If a brain injury is sustained as a result of this trauma to the head, the child may suffer from cerebral palsy, which can impact movement control and muscle coordination.

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If you suspect that the use of forceps during delivery may have led to a birth injury for your child, the medical malpractice lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. can investigate the circumstances surrounding the delivery and have medical records reviewed by qualified experts to determine whether the child’s injury could have been prevented.

Our law firm has investigated and reviewed thousands of claims for parents of children who suffered forceps birth injuries that were caused by negligence or mistakes made by a doctor, hospital or nurse during child birth.  Our clients have recovered millions of dollars in financial compensation.

It is important to have any potential claim investigated as soon as an injury is suspected, since there are deadlines in each state which could bar the child’s right to obtain settlement benefits. Request a free consultation and birth injury lawsuit evaluation. There are no fees or expenses unless we obtain a recovery for the child.