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North Carolina Birth Injury Lawyers

Richard Neal Shapiro Esq avatar
Richard Neal Shapiro takes great pride in his work as a trial attorney. He has dedicated his career to standing up for the "little guy" against big corporations...
Thomas Roupas Jr avatar
Tom has successfully litigated both jury and bench trials In Superior, District, and Magistrate Courts in North Carolina. Primary areas include family law, gene...
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An experienced lawyer with a passion for criminal defense, entertainment law, & and immigration, as well as an extensive background in global business; Sherrod...
Jonathan L. Thornton avatar
After completing law school at the University of Virgina and then a one year appointment as a law clerk in the United States Federal Court, I began practicing w...
Joel C.  Harbinson avatar
Joel C. Harbinson attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1977 with an A.B. degree and from the University of North Carolina a...
Robert Anthony Hartsoe avatar
To R. Anthony “Tony” Hartsoe, the law has always felt like a calling, not a job. He loves helping people through some of the toughest moments in their lives. Wi...
John Alan Jones avatar
John Alan Jones is the founding member and managing partner of Martin & Jones, where he has worked since he began practicing law in 1982. John Alan handles both...
Joel Rhine avatar
Joel Rhine has handled cases involving construction issues, trucking accidents, products liability and wrongful death for over 27 years. He has tried numerous c...
William Cory Reiss avatar
My broad legal practice covers business litigation, ranging from complex cases in the North Carolina Business Court to more straightforward contract disputes, ...
Joseph Ferikes avatar
Joe Ferikes began his practice in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, representing such entities as the County of Dekalb. In 1983, Joe and his wife moved back to their ho...

Medical practice and midwife care have advanced significantly over the past years, reducing the risk of harm and injury to mother and baby at birth. However, there are unfortunate situations where you, your baby, or a family member can suffer harm during childbirth due to negligence by medical professionals. Even though no compensation can cover the emotional distress and physical injury, working with a North Carolina birth injury lawyer can help you secure the financial support you need to ease your burden.

What is a Birth Injury Lawyer?

A childbirth injury lawyer is an attorney who specializes in handling cases of birth injuries resulting from medical malpractice or negligence. 

What Does a Birth Injury Attorney Do?

The main focus of a childbirth injury attorney is to prove that the negligent actions of a medical team caused a birth injury to the mother or newborn baby. Your lawyer gathers the necessary evidence to build a birth injury claim against the hospital, doctor, or healthcare professional responsible. Gathering evidence includes building the chronology of events that led to the injury and finding relevant documentation, experts, and eyewitnesses. The attorney then files a compensation claim with the appropriate law court. 

When to Hire a Birth Injury Lawyer in North Carolina?

Hire a North Carolina birth injury attorney immediately if you suspect that your child suffered a birth injury. Oftentimes, an injury affecting the brain or nervous system that causes developmental delay was likely caused at birth.

If you or your child suffered a discernible injury at birth or if your child misses a developmental milestone, get a medical diagnosis and then contact a birth trauma lawyer immediately. Some examples of birth injuries include: 

  • Bruising and other vacuum extraction injuries;
  • Still or wrongful birth;
  • Spinal Cord Injuries;
  • C-section injuries;
  • Maternal infections;
  • Newborn jaundice;
  • Klumpke’s palsy;
  • Forceps marks;
  • Cerebral Palsy;
  • Brachial palsy;
  • Erb’s Palsy; and
  • Fractures.

How to Find a Lawyer for Birth Injury?

To find the best birth injury lawyer in North Carolina, run a search on the Lawrina legal directory. The directory has profiles of licensed attorneys according to state, with other relevant information such as the area of specialization, location, and reviews. 

How Do I Choose a Birth Injury Attorney in North Carolina?

When choosing a lawyer for birth injury in North Carolina, consider the following: 

  • Specialization - Consider opting for a lawyer with experience in the subject area of your interest. For instance, for birth injury, you can work with attorneys who exclusively focus on birth injury claims or those with a broader focus, such as personal injury claims. 
  • Social proof - Read through reviews that the attorney has from past clients. Avoid working with attorneys with complaints against their name and practice. Further, see if the attorney has any awards, recognizing them for excellence in previous work. 
  • Location - Find a local attorney for your lawsuit. Local attorneys have a nuanced understanding of state laws and regulations, and they also have the networks relevant to deliver success. 

How Much Does the Birth Injury Lawyer Average Cost North Carolina?

The cost will vary depending on the lawyer you choose. However, most attorneys will work with an agreed contingency fee, usually 33 - 40% of the settlement amount. A contingency fee means that the attorney only gets paid if they win your case. The fee may not be inclusive of the direct costs of the case, such as paying experts, investigators, court filing fees, and process servers. Always seek clarification on the scope of the contingency fee and have a written agreement with your attorney. 

Do Birth Injury Attorneys Usually Charge for Consultations?

No. Not usually. Most attorneys do not charge for initial consultations, and it is essential to directly ask if the attorney will charge you before booking a consultation meeting. 

An initial consultation is a chance to gauge the suitability of working together. Take all the relevant documents on the birth injury, including medical reports, for the attorney to review. The attorney will listen to your situation, peruse your documents, and determine the suitability of a claim. You also get a chance to assess the lawyer's style, degree of empathy, and whether you would be comfortable working with them.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Birth Injuries?

While there may be several factors that cause birth injuries, engage a lawyer specializing in birth injury claims to determine if the cause is a result of medical malpractice. The attorney, working alongside medical experts, will review the facts of your case, including medical records and birthing tools, to determine whether your doctors meet a reasonable standard of care. 

What Is Childbirth Medical Negligence?

Childbirth medical negligence occurs when a medical professional provides a suboptimal standard of care that causes injury to the baby or mother. It may also be a failure to properly diagnose a condition in the unborn or newborn baby or mother, resulting in complications.

Is There a Time Limit for Birth Injury Claims?

The statute of limitation for personal injury claims is three years from the injury date or when the injury becomes known. For the baby, the time limit begins to run from the date of birth.