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North Carolina Malpractice Lawyers Helping Families of Children with Birth Injuries

There is nothing in the world more precious than a child. That’s why doctors and hospitals are required to take special precautions to prevent birth injuries. Doctors and nurses are highly-trained professionals, and there is simply no excuse for careless mistakes that harm infants.

A child who suffers serious birth injuries will require a lifetime of medical treatment, in-home care, and additional types of physical and psychological intervention. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., our North Carolina medical malpractice lawyers have been helping families get the resources they need to care for their children suffering from birth injuries for over four decades. Our firm has won record-breaking verdicts and settlements for victims of medical malpractice.

Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. is devoted to helping improve the well-being of families after a loved one has been injured by medical malpractice. We want your family to continue to enjoy all the wonderful things that North Carolina has to offer, like visiting Mingo Falls, Grandfather Mountain, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The experienced trial lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have earned an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubble, which is an honor bestowed on attorneys who demonstrate the highest ethical standards and legal ability. Our firm has also been recognized by Super Lawyers, an independent rating agency that evaluates candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Call (877) 433-3906 to schedule an initial consultation with a North Carolina birth injury attorney at no charge today.

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How Medical Malpractice Causes Birth Injuries

A birth injury is an injury that a baby suffers before, during, or after childbirth. Birth injuries cause severe harm. In many cases, a child’s birth injuries are the direct result of medical malpractice.

Everyone has a duty of care to avoid actions that may cause reasonably foreseeable harm to others. When someone entrusted to care for a newborn commits negligent actions that injure the child, they may be held legally liable for their behavior.

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional acts in a manner that deviates from the standard treatment their profession requires. If a doctor, nurse, or hospital staff member who is called upon to look after your child does something that a reasonably qualified medical professional would not have done in the same situation, and your child is injured as a result, it may be medical malpractice.

Hospitals and birthing centers in North Carolina must ensure the health of your child by hiring qualified medical professionals and providing them with the necessary training and equipment to care for your child. Negligent nurses, doctors, certified nurse-midwives, and administrators who fail to provide safeguards to protect babies must be held responsible for the injuries they cause.

Examples of medical malpractice that causes birth injuries include:

  • Delayed C-section
  • Communication errors
  • Damaging the child’s head by misusing forceps
  • Failure to monitor the baby’s vital signs
  • Twisting or pulling the baby’s arm with too much force
  • Improper use of a vacuum extractor
  • Failure to provide adequate prenatal care
  • Failure to monitor fetal distress during childbirth
  • Failure to respond to umbilical cord complications
  • Mishandling the baby’s head or neck
  • Medication errors

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Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice

Everyone on the delivery team has an important role to play. For example, nurses must monitor the baby to check for signs of fetal distress. If there are complications during childbirth, the OB/GYN may have to order an immediate C-section to prevent oxygen deprivation.

It’s important for hospital administrators to develop procedures that facilitate clear communication and eliminate careless delivery room errors. Hospitals are also required to prevent negligent hiring by screening personnel to make sure everyone working in the delivery room has the necessary skills to protect your child.

Birth injuries caused by medical malpractice include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Brain damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Facial paralysis
  • Klumpke’s palsy
  • Fractures
  • Jaundice
  • Hypoxia
  • Epidural injury
  • Cephalohematoma
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

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How Your North Carolina Birth Injury Attorney Can Help

The North Carolina birth injury lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will build a strong case by investigating your child’s medical records, interviewing witnesses, and consulting with medical experts. Our attorneys know how to break down complex medical issues and explain them in a way that juries can understand.

When our investigation is complete, Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will file a claim or lawsuit against anyone whose negligence contributed to your child’s injuries. A birth injury medical malpractice claim includes the following types of damages:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • In-home nursing care
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medical devices
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost income
  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Educational technology and interventions
  • Wheelchair access for your home
  • Wrongful death

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Helping You Care for Your Child

If somebody carelessly injured your loved one, they should have to pay for it. Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. is dedicated to getting justice for victims of medical malpractice.

If your child has suffered a birth injury, don’t hesitate to reach out to us—call (877) 433-3906 to learn more today.

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