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Kernicterus in Newborns & Birth Injury Lawsuits

The Michigan birth injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. have significant experience in representing families and children who suffer kernicterus. Many of these cases arise out of the doctor or hospitals failure to properly diagnose the pregnant mother. In fact, kernicterus is a severe form of jaundice that can be treated if diagnosed early enough.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, kernicterus is caused by high levels of bilirubin, which is a yellow pigment that is created in the body during the normal recycling of old red blood cells. However, kernicterus can lead to extreme illness such as neurological complications and hearing loss, which is why diagnosing jaundice early is so important.

How to Identify Kernicterus Early

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, these are signs parents should be looking out for to further prevent kernicterus in their newborn.

Early stage:

  • Extreme jaundice
  • Absent startle reflex
  • Poor feeding or sucking
  • Extreme sleepiness (lethargy)

Mid stage:

  • High-pitched cry
  • Arched back with neck hyperextended backwards
  • Bulging fontanel (soft spot)
  • Seizures

Late stage (full neurological syndrome):

  • High-frequency hearing loss
  • Mental retardation
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Speech difficulties
  • Seizures
  • Movement disorder

Birth Injury Lawsuits for Untreated Newborn Kernicterus

The failure to timely diagnose and treat a newborn with jaundice can give rise to a birth injury lawsuit for medical malpractice. To prove this type of case, it must be established that the child was born with jaundice, it was not timely diagnosed or treated, and if it was properly treated then the newborn would not have suffered any serious injury or harm.

Contact your Michigan Newborn Kernicterus Birth Injury Lawyers

Our experienced birth injury attorneys can prove these elements of the case for your child if he or she suffers from kernicterus. The settlements in these cases are typically very significant because the negligent medical providers must compensate both the child and the family for the lifetime of damages and for the necessary funds to provide the best care and education for the child. To learn more about how a newborn kernicterus lawsuit can help your child and your family, call our expert Michigan birth injury law team now at (800) 606-1717.  We will represent you and your family under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we settle or win your case.