Our birth injury lawyers handle cases involving jaundice in newborns. The condition of jaundice is a serious birth complication that can lead to permanent injury in a newborn if not promptly diagnosed and treated by doctors and nurses at the hospital. Untreated jaundice can result in permanent brain damage to child.
Jaundice is the yellow coloring of skin and other tissues. It is often seen in the sclera, the whites of the eyes, which become yellow. Some estimates show that about 60% of newborns in the United States are jaundiced; meaning they look yellow. However, most babies are not seriously jaundiced, and react normally without further complications. However, when jaundice attacks the infant severely and is untreated, the effects can be very catastrophic.
Treatment For Jaundice in Newborns
Babies with high level of bilirubin, or jaundice, can be treated properly immediately after their birth. Phototherapy is a highly effective method used for treatment. It is the blue color in light that transforms the toxic form of bilirubin into a non-toxic, water soluble form that is eliminated. In situations when bilirubin reaches dangerous levels, extreme treatment method, known as exchange transfusion, may be used to remove the toxic bilirubin from blood.
Brain Damage Due to Jaundice in Newborns
The injuries caused by untreated jaundice in a newborn can leave to permanent brain damage. When this occurs, the baby’s parents must provide extraordinary care and attention to their child over a lifetime. This can include special medical needs, special housing accommodations, and certainly special education and training needs. Even more, most parents wonder who will care for their child when they get older and can no longer attend to the needs of their child any longer.
Birth Injury Lawsuits for Untreated Newborn Jaundice
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 Our Michigan Newborn Jaundice Birth Injury Lawyers
Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can prove these elements of the case for your child. 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 jaundice lawsuit can help your child and your family, call our Michigan birth injury law team now at (800) 606-1717.