Jaundice is a very common condition that many babies are born with, cause by elevated bilirubin levels in the baby’s body. Jaundice is a condition that is very easy to diagnose and treat and is something that doctors are looking for when they examine newborns, starting right after birth with the APGAR. If untreated, jaundice can escalate and cause a type of brain damage known as kernicterus. Kernicterus can cause a variety of conditions, including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Mental retardation
If your child has suffered from any brain damage as a result of kernicterus, you may be entitled to receive compensation.
Babies who develop jaundice within 24 hours of birth need to be treated immediately. Jaundice that occurs 2-3 days after birth is typically called “physiological jaundice” and is the most common type of jaundice for infants and is not serious. If jaundice occurs from the third day through the first week, it may be from an infection. Later cases of jaundice are often associated with breast milk feedings, but there could also be other causes as well.
Any baby who has hyperbilirubinemia needs immediate treatment in order to prevent their condition from escalating to kernicterus.
Free Consultation with a Chicago Birth Injury Attorney
RB Law has vast experience with handling birth injury cases for problems resulting from jaundice. If your baby suffered any birth injuries as a result of developing kernicterus from hyperbilirubinemia that was untreated or undiagnosed, you need to contact a proficient birth injury attorney right away to help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have questions regarding your birth injury case, contact us today for a free consultation at (312) 458-1000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.