North Carolina residents understand that some birth injuries are caused by negligent actions or a failure to act appropriately on the part of a doctor or other member of medical staff. In a recent case, parents blamed a doctor's failure to offer a timely diagnosis for their infant's brain damage. They filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in order to attempt to prove medical negligence on behalf of their child.
The case involved an incident that took place at the birth of the couple's infant. The claimants assert that because medical personnel failed to diagnose their child's jaundice in a timely fashion, the baby became afflicted with a condition known as "kernicterus," which causes serious brain damage. Some symptoms of the condition are said to include low muscle tone in a newborn and a very high-pitched cry. Reportedly, it's also difficult to wake the child when sleeping.