Hyperbilirubinemia Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Hyperbilirubinemia, yellowing of the skin and eyes, may seem harmless, but if left untreated, can cause brain damage. Hyperbilirubinemia occurs when an infant's liver is not able to process bilirubin, a substance that produces as the body breaks down red blood cells. Excessive amounts of bilirubin in an infant's bloodstream creates the risk of brain damage. It is commonly recognized as jaundice as it causes yellowing of an infant's eyes and skin.
Untreated hyperbilirubinemia is associated with a specific kind of brain damage known as kernicterus, which can then lead to permanent conditions such as cerebral palsy. When a pediatrician or another medical professional fails to recognize, diagnose or treat hyperbilirubinemia, the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice.
At the onset, hyperbilirubinemia may seem to affect the infant only aesthetically, but the yellowing of a child's skin and eyes can indicate that brain damage may be occurring. Jaundice, poor feeding, and lethargy may warrant a test of the baby's bilirubin levels. Failure to diagnose hyperbilirubinemia can lead to even more serious injuries. Cerebral palsy, a chronic and permanent condition that affects a child's development and motor skills, may develop if hyperbilirubinemia remains untreated. A newborn's doctor must monitor the infant for symptoms of the condition, or else risk liability in a birth injury lawsuit.
Medical Malpractice Lawyer Pennsylvania
A child with irreversible brain damage or cerebral palsy faces a lifetime of physical and financial challenges. The birth injury lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm believe that those who are responsible for causing such injuries should be forced to compensate the family for it. If you believe your child's condition is the result of untreated hyperbilirubinemia, please contact our legal team at the Lassen Law Firm and let us help you find out what went wrong. We offer complimentary consultations and represent medical malpractice victims on a contingency fee basis. Call the Lassen Law Firm now to see how we can help.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen