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Jaundice Left Untreated Can Be Fatal

The Lancione Law Firm

When jaundice in a newborn is not treated properly, the consequences can be severe and life-long birth injury. Kernicterus, or damage to the newborn brain caused by high bilirubin levels, is a known risk when dealing with jaundice. Doctors and NICU physicians should be on high alert for signs of kernicterus in children who are born jaundiced. When jaundice goes untreated or signs of kernicterus are ignored, the results can be devastating and life-threatening.

Untreated jaundice, and the accompanying brain damage, can result in permanent disability, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, coma and even death. Even in the face of the extreme severity of the consequences of untreated jaundice, physicians continue to make mistakes, such as:

  • Delaying infant’s treatment in order to verify the accuracy of laboratory tests showing high bilirubin levels
  • Ignoring symptoms of kernicterus in newborn, including lethargy, high-pitched crying, arching of the back, fever and abnormalities of tone (hypertonia or hypotonia)
  • Indirectly measuring bilirubin levels instead of measuring total serum bilirubin
  • Failing to compare bilirubin levels to hour-specific normal values

If your child suffers a movement disorder, hearing loss or dystonic or athetoid cerebral palsy as a result of untreated jaundice and kernicterus, your best interests may be served by consulting an experienced medical malpractice and birth injury lawyer immediately.

Speak With Us To Get The Answers You Deserve And The Legal Help You Need

The Lancione Law Firm, works tirelessly to improve the safety and quality of healthcare in Ohio by holding negligent physicians and hospitals accountable for the harm they cause by failing to follow accepted standards of care.

We have three generations of attorneys who have substantial experience and a proven record of success in obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements for victims of medical malpractice and families that have been affected by birth injury. We invite you to call our Rocky River offices at (440) 220-4439 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and other communities throughout Ohio.

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