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Forceps and Instrument Errors During Birth

A New Jersey Firm that Knows Forceps and Instrument Errors Can Cause Birth Injuries

Our lawyer-doctor represents women and children in obstetric malpractice claims

Childbirth should be a joyful experience for new mothers. Sadly, the negligent use of delivery instruments can instead result in a woman’s long-term pain and disability and may also cause serious injuries to her newborn.

Since 1976, Seigel Law has been helping those who suffered losses because of medical malpractice in New Jersey. Our firm handles birth injuries that occurred in hospitals throughout Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton.

Often, we find that obstetric problems originate from a doctor failing to listen and communicate effectively. Our lawyers, on the other hand, thoroughly answer your birth injury questions and clearly explain the legal procedures and potential outcomes. We recognize that this is a difficult time for you, and we show you the compassion you deserve and speak candidly about your options for recovery.

Why your doctor may recommend an assisted delivery

In some difficult deliveries, the obstetrician may use an assisted delivery, employing special tools — such as forceps — to guide the baby through the birth canal. The decision is typically made only when there are problems with the delivery, such as:

  • The labor is not progressing, despite the mother pushing for an extended time.
  • Immediate delivery is necessary because the health of the baby is in jeopardy.
  • The baby’s heartbeat indicates a problem.
  • The mother has a health condition that might trigger injury during prolonged labor.
  • The baby is positioned incorrectly in the birth canal.

Risks of forceps delivery to the mother

Forceps delivery poses serious risks to both the mother and the baby. For this reason, assisted delivery should only be recommended if the benefits outweigh potential complications to the mother’s health, such as:

  • Uterine rupture
  • Excessive vaginal tears
  • Perineum pain
  • Bladder and urethra damage
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Weakening of muscles and ligaments of the pelvic floor
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Anemia

Risks of forceps delivery to the baby

During assisted delivery, the instruments may injure the baby, causing:

  • Facial injuries from forceps pressure
  • Facial palsy or muscle weakness
  • External eye trauma
  • Fractures to the skull
  • Bleeding in the skull
  • Seizure

Consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer about injuries you suffered during your pregnancy or labor

Seigel Law is committed to helping patients injured by medical malpractice — including during childbirth. Call our law firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial appointment with our New Jersey lawyer-doctor. If your injuries prevent you from coming to our office in Ridgewood, our attorneys can visit you in your home or at the hospital. You do not owe us lawyer fees unless we recover damages through a verdict or settlement. We handle medical malpractice litigation on a contingency basis.

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Meet Our Attorneys

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    By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018

    I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.

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    By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017

    The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...

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    By L C - October, 2017

    After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.

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    By Liliana Paredes - October, 2017

    Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.

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    By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017

    I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...

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What we offer our clients


Personal injury and medical knowledge

Our knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers includes a medical doctor who advises on complex medical topics


One-on-one attorney attention

By maintaining a limited number of cases, our attorneys can provide personalized attention to each client we serve


Results-oriented strategies

Our lawyers have won numerous high verdicts and settlements, many in the high six- and seven-figure range, for our injured clients


Trial experience

Every trial attorney in our firm is a certified trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Communication as a priority

We understand how important communication is to a successful attorney-client relationship, we return calls within 24 hours


Community involvement

Our lawyers and staff are active in community outreach and community service programs

  • "The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.

  • "After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.

  • "I found the personnel to be very efficient, and work very quickly. I'm happy that I was referred to this firm, because I found that I was very comfortable working with them." - F.V.

  • "Amazing. I have to say they were very supportive and were able to give me tons of information. I didn't feel rushed and felt they truly cared about my well-being. Their website is also extremely helpful and well setup." - T.D.

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