Kernicterus and Newborn Jaundice
Jaundice is a normal occurrence. In most cases, babies with high bilirubin levels can be treated by phototherapy (i.e., blue light treatment), a bili-blanket or, in extreme cases, an exchange transfusion (i.e., removal of toxic bilirubin from the blood). Bilirubin toxicity is not normal. Common signs that a baby is experiencing bilirubin toxicity include:
- abnormalities of tone;
- high-pitched cry;
- arching of the back (known as retrocollis/opisthotonus); and
- movement disorders (e.g., hypertonia, hypotonia, or a variation thereof);
- hearing loss and/or deafness;
- impairment of eye movements (especially upward gaze);
- abnormal staining of enamel of baby teeth.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice and birth injury cases involving bilirubin toxicity. If your baby has been diagnosed with jaundice, hyperbilirubinemia and/or kernicterus with complications, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and birth injury attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.