Doctors need to conduct medical tests before and after the birth of a child to determine if a serious birth injury has occurred. And one of the most common medical issues pediatricians should test for in a newborn child is jaundice, which is also sometimes referred to as neonatal hyperbilirubinemia.
This treatable medical condition is characterized by the presence of too much bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a naturally occurring substance created by the body during the breakdown of red blood cells. Normally, bilirubin passes through the liver and is excreted out of the body.
If too much bilirubin builds up in the blood, the consequences can be dangerous. Higher than normal bilirubin levels can cause serious liver problems. In certain extreme cases, liver cancer or liver failure can occur, which can be fatal if left untreated.
Knowing what to do if you suspect your child’s jaundice or hyperbilirubinemia occurred due to negligence can be confusing. Even knowing what your rights are might not be clear. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to an experienced birth injury lawyer as soon as possible. That’s why you need to meet with an attorney at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices. PC. We know how the legal system works and know how to get results.
Newborn babies can have a difficult time processing bilirubin, causing it to build up in the bloodstream. When that occurs, a natural yellow pigment has the seemingly harmless effect of turning the baby’s skin color yellow as well.
Along with liver failure, jaundice or hyperbilirubinemia have been linked to many other serious health problems, including:
Does your doctor’s explanation seem confusing? Have complex conditions like kernicterus or Crigler-Najjar Syndrome been discussed with you? Don’t settle for their explanations. Learn more about your legal rights. Talk to a lawyer at our law firm today.
Our team holds doctors accountable for untreated jaundice. We also have a full medical library we’ve built in our Chicago office. Our attorneys are committed to understanding the medicine behind these cases as well as – or better than – the medical experts testifying against our clients.
When a newborn with jaundice and hyperbilirubinemia went untreated and suffered brain damage, our attorneys were successful in obtaining a structured settlement worth more than $35 million for our client.
We understand how overwhelming such medical issues can be for families. We realize you probably want to simply focus on your child’s health and well-being. That’s why it’s important to contact us as soon as possible. We can handle all the paperwork, the investigation, and any negotiations with insurance companies while you focus on caring for your child.
To start the process, call 312-236-4146 or contact us online. We can talk by phone, meet with you at our offices in Chicago, Illinois, or Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or travel to meet with you at a more convenient location.