Jaundice is a common occurrence in newborns. According to the CDC about 60% of newborns are affected by the yellow skin coloring called jaundice. During pregnancy the mother’s liver removes a pigment common in blood and bile, called bilirubin. When the baby is born, its own liver should take care of monitoring bilirubin levels. When too much bilirubin builds up, due probably to an underdeveloped liver, yellowing the skin and eyes can occur. High levels of bilirubin can be detected with a simple, small blood test or light meter and should be tested for if signs and symptoms start to appear. Jaundice can be taken care of in most cases, simply by laying the baby under a special and safe light.
In cases left untreated, high bilirubin can result in kernicterus, a severe type of brain damage that can cause athetoid cerebral palsy, hearing loss, as well as problems with teeth and vision.
Jaundice is usually a priority for pediatric doctors and obstetricians because of its commonality. But, while the cases may be common, the long-term consequences should not be common. When you feel that your child’s wellbeing is compromised due to negligence or medical malpractice, you need to contact a trained and experienced attorney. The attorneys of The Law Offices of Richard M. Katz are your Los Angeles medical malpractice experts. If your child was misdiagnosed or not properly treated for jaundice and now suffers from life-long problems, call us today. By bringing your case to the front of legal concern, you help create awareness and stop this from happening to other families. Our attorneys fluent in California medical malpractice are part of the community and maintain the knowledge and courage it takes to protect their fellow community members. Click here or call us today at (626) 796-6333 to get the compensation you need to live life to the fullest.