What Causes Jaundice in Newborn Babies?
Jaundice — the yellowing of the skin and the eyes — is quite common in newborns. It is caused by excess bilirubin in the blood that, for one reason or another, a baby's body might not be able to break down.
Jaundice can also be one of the signs of Hyperbilirubinemia, a condition caused when bilirubin builds up in the liver and eventually disburses in the brain, skin and whites of the eyes. When these high levels of bilirubin cause brain damage, the condition is caused Kernicterus.
Excess bilirubin and Kernicterus can lead to many different types of serious and lasting injury, including:
- Brain damage
- Spasticity (a central nervous system disorder)
- Movement disorders
- Hearing damage/deafness
- Dental problems
- Vision problems
When Untreated Jaundice Is Caused by Physician Error
Because untreated jaundice can be so serious, doctors must adequately monitor and treat infants before their lives are affected. If they do not, they may be committing medical malpractice. The lawyers at The Donahey Law Firm file claims to hold them accountable for their actions. Representing birth injury victims since 1968, our central Ohio law firm has developed a reputation for helping clients achieve favorable results in their cases.
The Skills, Experience and Resources for Success
Malpractice claims, like ones involving untreated jaundice, require an extensive set of skills, experience and resources to be successful. They require a firm who has the financial strength, the access to professional experts and the legal knowledge to prepare a case for trial and ultimately gain a positive result for the client.
Our law firm has and experience to handle these cases. And a lot of them are referred to us at The Donahey Law Firm. We've been handling these cases since 1968 and are one of the few firms with the resources and the track record of success to help make things right
If you suspect that medical malpractice may have caused your child's medical complications, talk to an attorney about your options. Call our Columbus, Ohio, law office toll free at 866-918-5886 or contact us online. Initial consultations are free, confidential and at no obligation.