Forceps and ventouse injuries you can claim for

By Jason Brady

baby and father holding hands

Where your assisted delivery is not carried out to acceptable standards a number of potential injuries can be incurred, for which you may be entitled to claim medical negligence compensation:

Injuries to the mother

  • If the mother is left for prolonged periods in an uncomfortable or medically-compromising position, she may develop pressure ulcers or even deep vein thrombosis.
  • Mothers have also been known to sustain episiotomies – or tears – to the vaginal wall or other tissues. In some cases, these are performed intentionally in order to assist the birthing process, but equally, they can occur by accident.
  • Lacerations to the vagina or to the cervix, as well as sustained and unexplained blood loss, can have serious implications.
  • Specialist birth injury solicitors
  • No win, no fee claims
  • Independently recognised as experts

Injuries to the baby

  • Overly forceful use of forceps leaves the baby scarred.
  • Improper use of instruments or inadequate training on the part of the medical professional using them can also result in damage to the skull.
  • In more severe cases the head injuries sustained by the baby can lead to nerve or brain injury and subsequently cerebral palsy. In these circumstances, a cerebral palsy claim may be made.
  • Damage can also be sustained to the baby’s arms or shoulders, which can result in difficulties in movement and coordination and conditions. Where the child suffers from Erb’s Palsy an Erb’s Palsy claim may be made.
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