Our birth injury lawyers handle cases involving jaundice.  According to an estimate, about 60% of newborns in the US are jaundiced; they look yellow.  Most babies are not seriously jaundiced, and react normally. However, when jaundice attacks the infant severely, the effects can be very catastrophic.  The failure of a doctor or hospital to timely diagnose jaundice and start treatment can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our Michigan infant jaundice lawyers can help.

Causes of Jaundice

Jaundice is the yellow coloring of skin and other tissues. It is often seen in the sclera, the whites of the eyes, which become yellow.  The signs of severe bilirubin toxicity are as follows:

  • Lethargy
  • High-pitched cry
  • Abnormalities of tone
  • Fever
  • Arching back

Jaundice is caused by high level of bilirubin in blood and tissues. Factors such as prematurity, bruising, blood group incompatibilities between mother and infant such as Rh and ABO blood types etc can all increase the production of bilirubin and lead to severe jaundice.

Treatment for Jaundice

Babies with high level of bilirubin can be treated properly. Phototherapy is a highly effective method used for treatment. It is the blue color in light that transforms the toxic form of bilirubin into a non-toxic, water soluble form that is eliminated. In situations when bilirubin reaches dangerous levels, extreme treatment method, known as exchange transfusion, may be used to remove the toxic bilirubin from blood.

Brain Damage due to Jaundice

Jaundice is a very severe condition but when properly diagnosed and treated often results in no injury to the baby.  When jaundice is left untreated, it can seriously affect the upbringing of your infant. Such damage requests are included in medical malpractice lawsuit for jaundice.

Contact a Michigan Jaundice Infection Malpractice Lawyer

If an infant suffers injuries due to jaundice that was not timely diagnosed and treated, it can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit.  This may affect them for the rest of their life.

Call today to speak with Michigan’s best lawyer for jaundice cases. There is a time limit to file so you should talk to a professional who understands the statute of limitations.

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