Has Your Baby Suffered From Undiagnosed Jaundice?
When your baby is born, you have every right to expect the best possible care from your healthcare provider. This includes a proper check-up for your infant and treatment for any medical issues that may arise during or after birth. One of the most important things a doctor, nurse, or midwife should check for when your baby is born is jaundice.
Jaundice occurs when someone has too much bilirubin, a yellow-orange pigment, in their blood. It can be a sign of liver, blood or gallbladder malfunction and is usually associated with skin that turns a yellowish tint, but this can be less noticeable on darker skin tones. Fortunately, there are other ways to test for jaundice so that a medical professional can be sure that your baby is healthy.
Jaundice is usually a minor condition, and it is highly treatable in infants. However, if jaundice is left untreated in a baby, it can cause kernicterus.
Kernicterus is a form of severe brain damage caused by complications from jaundice. In the short term, it can cause issues like fever and muscle spasms. In the long term, complications can get much worse, including seizures, unusual motor development, sensory problems, and other issues.
If your baby is suffering from kernicterus or other complications of undiagnosed jaundice, you may be feeling angry and confused. If your healthcare provider failed in its responsibility to properly treat your newborn, you do not have to suffer in silence.
An experienced attorney may be able to help you negotiate a financial settlement for the pain you and your family have suffered. While compensation cannot make up for the tragedy of preventable brain damage, it can go a long way towards helping with lifelong medical costs. It can also help hold negligent healthcare providers accountable for their actions, which can be an important way to prevent future tragedies.
Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble Today
We understand how medical malpractice can devastate a family. We believe that healthcare providers whose negligence causes brain damage should be held accountable.
Our experienced attorneys will help you explore your options, possibly including the negotiation of a financial settlement. It is important to contact an attorney early to ensure the best possible outcome.
Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss jaundice, kernicterus and potential negotiations. Contact us online or call at (908) 928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817.