Birth Injuries: Hyperbilirubinemia
Fighting for Compensation with Our Iowa Birth Injury Lawyer
Hyperbilirubinemia, also commonly known as jaundice, is a condition that
can affect newborns and which is easily treated if tested for. The Hyperbilirubinemia
causes the baby's skin to appear yellow due to too much bilirubin
in the blood. Bilirubin is a substance that is left behind when red blood
cells break down. Newborns can have a difficult time processing bilirubin,
which then builds up in the bloodstream, causing the Hyperbilirubinemia.
Although easily treated, if your medical doctor fails to diagnose this
condition in your newborn, it can become quite dangerous. High levels
of bilirubin in the blood can deposit proteins in the brain, resulting
in irreparable brain damage. This particular type of damage is associated
with neurological impairment, including
cerebral palsy. It has also been associated with deafness, learning disabilities and
If your child developed Hyperbilirubinemia that was improperly diagnosed
and treated by your medical provider, you should immediately consult with an
Iowa medical malpractice attorney to discover your rights to compensation.
Is the Medical Practitioner to Blame?
When a newborn displays any signs of possible jaundice or Hyperbilirubinemia
in the hospital, it is the duty of the caring facility to run blood tests
to ensure the levels are not too high. If they are, simple exposure to
ultraviolet light by the newborn is normally enough to counter the high
levels. Once a newborn is released, monitoring of the bilirubin should
continue every two days to ensure it is back to normal. Proper instructions
to parents on what to do at home is also vital. Unfortunately, this does
not always occur and neurological damage can result.
Call for Legal Guidance In Mason City and Surrounding Areas
McGuire Law, PLC has represented numerous children and their families in cases where there
was a failure to properly diagnose and/or treat hyperbilirubinemia. Our
caring attorneys is equipped to provide strong and aggressive representation
in order to maximize potential settlement amounts to compensate you and
your family for the dire effects of this type of
Contact us if your child was not properly diagnosed with hyperbilirubinemia. We want
to help you take action so that justice is served!