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Detection and Treatment of Kernicterus

California Medical Malpractice Attorney

For many, the delivery of their newborn becomes a memory to be cherished. Your baby is born and soon you are discharged from the hospital to begin taking care of the new member of your family. Like many parents, you pay special care and attention to your infant and start to see signs that cause worry. Your baby appears unusually sleepy, doesn't feed well and the skin color seems strange. The cause may be a condition known as kernicterus, brought on by severe jaundice, and its effects can be devastating to you and your child.

A pediatrician can take several courses of action when they observe that your child is jaundiced. They can test the bilirubin level of the baby, see that it is dangerously high and immediately begin treatment or it can be delayed for further tests and other actions. In either case, permanent brain damage may have been done.

Bilirubin is a substance contained in the blood and when it reaches high levels it can spread into the tissues of the brain. It is vital that jaundice in a newborn be quickly detected and treated. Failure to do so can constitute medical malpractice or negligence and we are highly committed to protecting your rights when your child's condition was brought about in this way. Please see a California birth injury lawyer from our firm, Bostwick & Peterson LLP, when improper actions have led to your child's birth injury.

Investigating the Cause of Kernicterus

Careful and detailed investigation should be started immediately as to the labor and delivery of your baby and his or her subsequent care. Medical records, witness statements and other evidence may be used to show the negligence that resulted in your baby's condition. With over 60 years of experience, we know what to look for and how to document it. We invite you to look over our record of success on behalf of people who have suffered by the actions or inactions of another. Compensation for current and future medical expenses and for your family's emotional trauma is justified and needs to be vigorously pursued.

Contact a California medical malpractice attorney from our firm for high-quality legal assistance when medical malpractice is the cause of your child's kernicterus.

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