The birth of a child is an exciting time within a New Jersey household. Months are spent planning and preparing for the new arrival. In addition to planning the nursery, moms and dads also make decisions regarding how and where the baby will be born. While these decisions often include whether an epidural will be used, they often do not even broach the subject of the potential use of forceps and the risk of a forceps injury being a possibility.
At times, a mother is unable to continuing pushing during the delivery process. When this happens, a decision regarding how to baby should be delivered must be made. One possible choice is to change the course of action and proceed with a cesarean section. However, this can take time and if the baby is in distress, the decision to use forceps may appear to be reasonable.
In 2013, a baby girl was in the process of being delivered. There were apparent complications, and the decision to use forceps was made. The doctor made three attempts to deliver the baby with the forceps. In doing so, the little girl suffered skull fractures and spinal damage. She died five days later due to a lack of oxygen.
The child's mother filed suit against the doctor and the medical center, claiming that they were negligent in the way the forceps were used in her delivery. The jury agreed with the mother and awarded her over $10 million as a result of the forceps injury that ultimately claimed her daughter's young life. New Jersey parents who find themselves facing a similar tragedy will want to explore the legal options available to them.
Source: 12newsnow.com, "Beaumont delivery doctor discusses forceps use", Rebeca Trejo, Aug. 16, 2016