Our Michigan birth injury lawyers handle cases involving jaundice. According to an estimate, about 60% of newborns in the US are jaundiced; they look yellow. However, 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.
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:
- High-pitched cry
- Abnormalities of tone
- 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 give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Children with severe jaundice often develop conditions that can affect the social, academic and vocational upbringing of the infant. These often require services that amount to a significant expense over a child’s lifetime and are sought as damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
It is essential to contact our office as soon as possible so that we can obtain your child’s complete medical chart to determine whether there was negligence involved in the treatment. Call today at (800) 606-1717 to speak with Michigan’s best birth injury lawyer for jaundice cases. There are strict time delays for filing medical malpractice lawsuits in Michigan so it is essential to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to see if your child has valid case.