Lawyers at Edwards Kirby have been particularly noted for their success in handling birth injury cases. We won the largest medical malpractice jury verdict in North Carolina history, and negotiated North Carolina’s largest birth injury settlement in a case involving medical negligence resulting in cerebral palsy.


Cerebral palsy is one of the most severe and recognizable consequences of delivery room negligence, but other permanent or life-threatening conditions can jeopardize either the infant or the mother. Some of these include:

  • Uterine ruptures from negligent c-section procedures or ruptures of previous uterine scars; the fetus can suffer brain damage if protruding into the abdominal cavity
  • Kenicterus, or jaundice, which can lead to brain damage or blindness if improperly treated
  • Cephalohematoma, or bleeding in the brain, caused by improper use of forceps on the head of a fetus
  • Fetal distress or trauma caused by the failure to properly monitor vital signs or respond to sudden changes in heart rate or blood oxygen levels


In these and other cases of birth injury, Edwards Kirby stands strong to protect the rights of families.


When we investigate a birth injury case, we work closely with top-ranked medical experts to determine whether a child’s condition was the result of negligent care by the attending physician or obstetric staff. With the help of rehabilitation and economic experts, we then detail the costs of treatment and care projected over the lifetime of the injured child.

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