Many babies are born with jaundice, which is caused by too much bilirubin. The treatment is usually placing the baby under special lights to resolve the problem. Bilirubin is measured by blood tests so it can be determined whether the treatment is working.
However, if treatment and testing is not done, bilirubin can build up and become dangerous. Excessive bilirubin can cause permanent brain damage in a baby.
The name for the brain damage is called kernicterus. Babies with kernicterus will need to be taken care of for the rest of their lives.
The failure to treat excessive bilirubin that leads to kernicterus may be a basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
If your child has kernicterus or brain damage call us toll free at 1-800-299-HURT so we can determine if there has been medical malpractice.
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