BRAIN DAMAGE CAUSED BY SEVERE JAUNDICE
Jaundice is a relatively common condition, affecting about 6 to 8 out of 10 newborns in the United States. Most cases are mild and resolve on their own with little to no medical intervention. In rare cases, however, jaundice may become severe and can even lead to brain damage. This type of brain damage is called kernicterus.
DID MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CAUSE YOUR CHILD’S KERNICTERUS?
If your child suffered from severe jaundice and kernicterus, it is important to consider whether he or she was properly treated after birth. If your doctor or nurse failed to recognize the signs of severe jaundice or improperly treated this condition, and your child suffered brain damage as a result, they should be held accountable. Taking legal action will also give you the opportunity to recover financial compensation for your child’s medical treatment, therapy, and ongoing care.
PURSUING THE FULL COMPENSATION YOUR CHILD DESERVES
Considering the potential severity of kernicterus and its far-reaching impacts, your child may require lifelong care. Make sure you work with a firm that has the power to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. Contact a Pittsburgh kernicterus injury lawyer at Pribanic & Pribanic, LLC to discuss your options in moving forward with a lawsuit. We are passionate about helping children and families who have been affected by medical negligence.
Call us at 800-392-4529 for a free, confidential consultation with one of our professionals.
SYMPTOMS OF KERNICTERUS
The following are potential symptoms of kernicterus:
Decreased muscle tone
Arching of the head and back
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TREATING SEVERE JAUNDICE
Kernicterus is preventable if jaundice is diagnosed and properly treated. This is one of the most frustrating aspects of this condition. In most cases, it could have been prevented if jaundice had been caught and treated early on.
WHAT CAUSES BIRTH INJURIES?
Some birth injuries are unavoidable. This means that even the most skilled doctor or nurse could not have prevented such an injury or condition from occurring. In other cases, however, birth injuries could have been avoided if a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional had provided an acceptable level of care. We often see birth injuries result from:
Jaundice and even severe jaundice are treatable. Treatment may include:
Phototherapy (treatment with light)
Tube feeding, if needed
Exchange blood transfusion
Now is the time to seek justice against the negligent doctor or other medical professional that is responsible for your child’s condition – call our birth injury lawyers in Pittsburgh at 800-392-4529 to get started.