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Kernicterus & Severe Jaundice

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A rare and permanent type of brain damage, kernicterus may occur in newborns with severe jaundice. It can be prevented if jaundice is identified and treated early on, before it becomes too severe. If your child had severe jaundice and suffered brain damage as a result, it is important to consider whether your doctor provided appropriate medical care. If not, you may be able to hold him or her accountable.

A New Mexico birth injury lawyer at Tom Rhodes Law Firm can review your child’s medical records and can talk to you about the events leading up to a kernicterus diagnosis to determine whether malpractice may have been involved. These are complicated cases, highly technical in nature, but our attorneys are experienced and nationally recognized for their success in representing children with birth injuries. We have access to top experts in the U.S. on birth trauma and can build strong cases for our clients to pursue maximum compensation on their behalf.

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Symptoms of Kernicterus

Kernicterus occurs when bilirubin, a substance found in the blood, builds up to unnaturally high levels. With mild jaundice, bilirubin has started to build up and the baby may have a yellowish tint to the skin and eyes. If jaundice is left untreated or is improperly treated, bilirubin levels may continue to escalate, spreading to the brain and causing irreparable damage.

The following are symptoms often associated with kernicterus:

  • Extreme lethargy and sleepiness
  • A high-pitched, abnormal cry
  • Poor muscle tone, or abnormal and irregular stiffness of the muscles
  • Fever along with any of the above symptoms

Kernicterus can cause the following long-term or lifelong disabilities:

  • Problems with movement and muscle control
  • Hearing loss, deafness, or other hearing issues
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Learning problems
  • Problems with eye movement, particularly looking upward

If jaundice was mismanaged or was not properly diagnosed and your child suffered kernicterus as a result, talk to a New Mexico birth injury attorney about your rights and options. Your child may require special care for the rest of his or her life. A settlement or award can cover this entire cost so your child faces a more stable future.

Contact Tom Rhodes Law Firm today at (505) 544-4088.

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