Babies who suffer from jaundice and kernicterus shortly after birth are at a high risk of cerebral palsy. There is a link between these two types of birth injuries. Untreated jaundice can cause a specific type of brain injury known as kernicterus. If your child developed kernicterus, you may have a viable medical malpractice case against the doctor caring for your neonate or the hospital where they were born.
At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, you will be connected with a birth injury attorney in your state who can review your case at no cost to you. They will explain your legal options and help you understand the strength of your case. Call 1-800-222-9529 now to get started.
The Link Between Kernicterus and Cerebral Palsy
When a doctor fails to recognize and treat severe jaundice, it can lead to kernicterus, resulting in cerebral palsy and a number of other associated conditions. Kernicterus can also result from a problem with an ABO or Rh blood type incompatibility between the mother and infant. However, this also causes jaundice, and your doctor should pick up on the symptoms during routine screening of your newborn.
In most cases, kernicterus is entirely preventable. Your newborn should undergo a check for jaundice in the hospital and once within 48 hours of going home.
The risk for kernicterus is highest for infants who have high levels of bilirubin in their blood. Generally, those with more than 25 mg/dl of blood as well as those with lower levels but other risk factors are the most at risk. Additional risk factors may include:
- Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
If your neonate has any of these risk factors, your doctor should monitor him for high bilirubin levels and other complications more frequently. Failure to do so could constitute medical malpractice.
Cerebral Palsy and Kernicterus Lawsuits
If your child developed kernicterus and now has cerebral palsy, medical negligence may be to blame. Kernicterus generally only results from untreated, severe jaundice and may occur because a doctor fails to diagnose or adequately treat the condition. You may be able to hold the doctor or hospital liable and pursue damages to cover your child’s current and future medical needs and other expenses and losses.
At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, you will be connected with an attorney who takes on these cases in your state. They will evaluate the merits of your case for free. They can explain the rules that apply in your state and represent your family throughout the process. They may be able to negotiate a just settlement before they have to file a lawsuit or take legal action and argue your case in front of a judge.
Let an attorney near you get to work on your case. Call 1-800-222-9529 today.
Damages Recoverable in a Kernicterus and Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit
Damages recoverable in a cerebral palsy lawsuit vary based on the severity of your child’s condition and many other factors. In general, though, you may be eligible to recover damages that include:
- Medical care costs and related expenses
- Ongoing care costs and support
- Future needs, including mobility aids and assistive devices
- Out-of-pocket costs related to your child’s condition
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
State Laws May Limit How Long You Have to Take Legal Action
Each state has its own statute of limitations that sets a deadline for how long you can wait from the time you become aware of the medical malpractice until you file a lawsuit against the liable doctor or hospital. In many states, they may have rules that allow for tolling the statute of limitations when the malpractice is a birth injury.
However, because the laws vary so widely from state to state, it is imperative that you discuss your case with a medical malpractice lawyer in your state as early in the process as possible. This will help prevent you from missing any filing deadlines.
Talk to an Attorney in Your State About Kernicterus and Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries
If your child has cerebral palsy, it may be because the doctor monitoring him failed to see the signs of jaundice or failed to prescribe the treatment necessary to prevent kernicterus. You may have a viable birth injury case against the doctor or hospital. The Birth Injury Lawyers Group can connect you with an attorney who practices law and handles this type of case in your state.
Dial 1-800-222-9529 now to reach a representative of the Birth Injury Lawyers Group. This is the first step in recovering the compensation your family needs and deserves.