Kernicterus Malpractice Lawyer
A common condition in newborn babies is known as hyperbilirubinemia. The condition which is often accompanied by jaundice is treatable, however if it is not properly tended to at an early stage, it can cause brain damage called kernicterus which is similar to athetoid cerebral palsy. While nearly sixty percent of all newborns have some level of jaundice during their first week of life, very few of these babies will need further treatment or develop complications. When neonatal hyperbilirubinemia does occur it may be an indication of a more serious condition such as an infection, a metabolic disorder, hemolytic disease, an endocrine disorder or a problem in the liver.
Kernicterus Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Our team of medical negligence lawyers handles a wide range of personal injury cases including the physical complications of hyperbilirubinemia which may in due course lead to kernicterus. If you would like a free, no obligation consultation, please contact us today for more information. A specialist medical malpractice lawyer will handle personal injury compensation claim settlements that deal with the issues of hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus arising when a physician has not administered proper care or treatment. If you would like to talk to one of our medical malpractice lawyers who deals with kernicterus compensation claims, please use the contact form on this website or email our offices. We offer free advice with no further obligation in order to protect your legal right to claim compensation for personal injury caused by negligence. Time limits apply to kernicterus medical malpractice lawsuits and you should take legal advice from a specialist medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible after the negligent event that caused your injury.
Jaundice is caused by an accumulation of unconjugated bilirubin that deposits itself in the mucus membranes and the skin. This is noticed by the skin becoming an orange or yellow color. Hyperbilirubinemia can develop in newborns for a variety of reasons and there are several risk factors that can contribute to the condition. Such factors can include: the use of oxytocin or valium during pregnancy, gestational diabetes, premature birth, breastfeeding, birth trauma, infections, an Rh or ABO incompatibility between the mother and the baby, Asian or Native American descent, or a family history of the condition.
Unfortunately, the toxic effects of bilirubin on the brain which cause kernicterus cannot be undone. Signs of a problem are usually noticed within three to four days after delivery. Even if the baby survives the initial problem, there can be a slow delay in the development of motor skills, developmental issues, mental retardation, and deafness. There can also be problems feeding, low muscle tone, lethargy and a high pitched cry which may be symptomatic of kernicterus and resultant athetoid cerebral palsy caused by hyperbilirubinemia.
The main way to treat newborns with jaundice in order to avoid the development of kernicterus is to increase the fluid intake and use bilirubin lights to lower the blood levels. If the baby is considered to be at critical levels with the threat of kernicterus high, an exchange transfusion can be done to remove the blood with excessive amounts of bilirubin and replace it with blood that is safer. If the hyperbilirubinemia is because of breastfeeding, the baby will need to receive supplements and increase fluids, while continuing to feed.
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If you would like advice on kernicterus or hyperbilirubinemia please contact a member of our medical malpractice team today. Our negligence lawyers can help you understand your rights, help you throughout the entire process of your case, and help you receive the compensation you deserve.