Jaundice is common in newborns and is typically easily treated if medical care providers monitor the infant adequately. However, if jaundice goes untreated and bilirubin levels reach or exceed 25 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) of blood, there is a risk of complications. This may include cerebral palsy, deafness, or certain forms of brain damage.
If your child had severe jaundice and suffered brain damage or has a cerebral palsy diagnosis, you may have a strong argument for compensation in a medical malpractice case. Reach out to the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today by calling 1-800-222-9529. You will be connected with a medical malpractice birth injury attorney in your state for a complimentary consultation.
Cerebral Palsy and Jaundice Lawsuits
Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by excess bilirubin, a natural chemical produced by the liver. When jaundice goes too long untreated, the levels can get exceptionally high and cause a type of brain damage known as kernicterus.
There is a link between kernicterus and cerebral palsy. The brain lesions that are characteristic of kernicterus are often present in children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy. In most cases, kernicterus is a preventable cause of the movement disorder.
Doctors handling routine monitoring of newborns should ensure the baby gets checked for jaundice at least once during their hospital stay and again in the first two days after going home. If your doctor failed to do so or failed to identify the condition despite symptoms, you may have a strong case for recovering medical malpractice damages on your child’s behalf.
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group Can Connect You with an Attorney to Review Your Case
If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy—usually dyskinetic cerebral palsy—occurred because their doctor failed to monitor or treat them for high bilirubin levels, you may want to discuss your case with a birth injury lawyer who understands the link between jaundice and cerebral palsy. To talk to an attorney in your state who handles this type of case regularly, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at 1-800-222-9529.
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group will connect you with an attorney near you who can explain all the applicable laws in your state such as rules you must follow to pursue a medical malpractice case and any deadlines that may apply. They will build a case and prepare to fight for the damages your family deserves. This may require them to:
- Obtain copies of relevant medical records
- Interview witnesses
- Identify and interview a medical expert witness who can testify to the accepted standard of care based on the facts of your case
- Identify any party or parties guilty of medical negligence
- Document any damages related to your child’s birth injury or cerebral palsy, including both economic and noneconomic damages.
The rules you must follow to pursue and recover damages in a medical malpractice case are often complex, but your attorney will be knowledgeable about these rules and know how to navigate the process on your behalf. Reach out to the Birth Injury Lawyers Group now to connect with a legal team who can help you.
Recoverable Damages in a Jaundice and Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Case
If your attorney can develop a strong argument for an out-of-court settlement or legal verdict based on the facts of your case, you may receive compensation for the damages your child and your family endure because of medical negligence. Damages differ from case to case, but they frequently include:
- Medical care and related costs, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy
- Prescription drug costs
- Expenses related to mobility aids and assistive devices
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
You Only Have a Limited Time to File a Jaundice and Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Case
There are likely time limits on how long you have to file a medical malpractice birth injury lawsuit in your state. It is important to talk to an attorney who is familiar with the laws in your state as early as possible to ensure you do not miss this deadline.
Each state has its own statute of limitations and its own rules for tolling the statute of limitations when the victim is a minor. Only an attorney who knows the laws in your state can explain the deadlines that will apply based on the facts of your case.
Talk to a Birth Injury Lawyer About Your Child’s Jaundice and Cerebral Palsy Case
An attorney near you can help you understand the merits of your case, take legal action on your behalf, and represent your family throughout the process. Best of all, they can do so at little or no out-of-pocket cost to you.