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Parents claim medical malpractice caused infant's brain damage

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.

Children survive North Carolina car accident, mother dies

A tragedy occurred on a North Carolina highway on a recent Saturday night that involved two vehicles. State troopers who responded to the car accident have stated that they have not yet determined what specific charges will be filed in the case. Several people were injured in the crash and one woman, age 32, was killed.

The woman was said to be headed south on a local roadway in Belmont, traveling with her three daughters as passengers. Reportedly, a car in the northbound lane veered across the center line and struck the young mother's vehicle head-on. The driver of the car that struck the family's vehicle was a 17-year-old male who later told authorities that he had fallen asleep behind the wheel.

Life-changing injury can require specialized long-term care

When a person suffers a serious illness or injury, those who care for him or her in recovery can be deeply affected by the experience. A patient who has suffered a life-changing injury such as a serious burn is likely to require ongoing, long-term medical care. In some North Carolina medical facilities, as elsewhere in the nation, there are special burn units which are designed to provide the unique environment and specialized care that has been shown to improve a patient's prognosis.

One nurse, who works in a state northwest of North Carolina, recently recalled a time in the early days of her 40-year career when many burn patients did not survive their injuries. As technology and the science of specialized medical procedures advanced, changes were made which are said to have had a positive effect on patients, as well as the medical staff who care for them. One such change was the development of specialized burn units where patients are sometimes cared for on a long-term basis. According to the nurse, within weeks after the first burn units were opened, survival rates began to rise.  She stated that she has fond memories of a patient who suffered burns in a workplace accident who was one of the first to survive and go home.

Violation of safety regulations not apparent in truck accident

A series of train crashes have recently been reported across the nation. The third in two months occurred in early March in North Carolina. The tragedy involved a tractor-trailer, and, even with a video of the event, a violation of safety regulations is not apparent.

According to reports, a tractor-trailer driver was attempting a left-hand turn when his vehicle became lodged on the railroad tracks. A woman who was in her vehicle at a nearby stop sign witnessed the tragedy and captured it on a video camera. She stated that the truck driver had placed the truck in reverse multiple times while struggling to move the vehicle off the tracks. The woman described hearing the sound of the oncoming locomotive and seeing the semi-truck driver leap out of his vehicle when he realized that a crash was imminent.

Rhine Law Firm, P.C. Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Shorter University Over Alleged Data Breach

Rhine Law Firm, P.C. has filed a lawsuit on behalf of current and former Shorter University students in the wake of a data breach in which up to 900 individuals' medical files were allegedly stolen out of an unlocked room on campus.

North Carolina driver accused of running light in car accident

A state highway patrol unit responded to a two vehicle collision Friday afternoon. The North Carolina car accident is reported to have occurred at an intersection in Kings Mountain. Both vehicles slid over an embankment upon impact. Wreckage from the crash was strewn throughout the crossroads.

A trooper responded to the accident at approximately 1:30 p.m. The driver of a small truck is accused of running a red light. That apparently caused him to collide with a sport utility vehicle, sending both careening over a nearby embankment. The truck struck a pole, and the SUV came to a crashing halt 20 feet from it.

Charges brought re North Carolina motorcycle accident

Several charges have been filed against the driver of a truck in a recent collision which ended in tragedy on a Wednesday afternoon. The truck versus motorcycle accident took place on a North Carolina road in Raleigh, killing a 32-year-old woman. The truck driver, said to be 38 years old, is alleged to have caused the crash.

Investigators say that the trucker turned across the southbound lanes of the roadway. Apparently, he was trying to reach the entrance of a local flea market. The truck and motorcycle collided, and the motorcyclist died at the site of the accident.

Couple comes to rescue in North Carolina car accident

One woman's memories of post-secondary education kicked into gear when she recently recalled life-saving strategies she'd learned in class and put them to use at a tragic scene. A North Carolina car accident ended with one young man dead and another gentleman seriously injured on a recent Sunday night. Investigators have not yet formally determined the cause of the fatal collision. The woman said that she was glad she was there to help when needed.

The woman and her husband were running behind schedule that night, a fact which she now says appears to have been "meant to be." Shortly before 10 p.m., the couple witnessed an accident as they were traveling a few miles south of Lillington. The woman claims that she noticed a vehicle in her rear view mirror which was being driven in a very erratic manner. Reportedly, the car veered into the other lane of traffic and smashed into an oncoming vehicle. She then became the first-responder, using the skills she had learned in college to conduct a triage at the scene.

Distracted driving probable cause of North Carolina crash

Thirty-two students were on a school bus ride on a recent Monday morning that sent 21 of them to the hospital with injuries. Authorities in North Carolina claim that the distracted driving of the school bus driver was most likely the cause of the accident. Several others were also injured in the crash.

A highway patrol sergeant stated that the school bus was heading north on Unionville Indian Trail Road with 32 students on board. He claimed that the driver veered onto the shoulder of the road as she attempted to navigate a two-lane curve. She allegedly then overcorrected her steering and crossed the center line. As the bus flipped over, it hit a southbound minivan in the other lane.

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