It is unfortunate that some Arizona infants suffer from kernicterus, a type of severe jaundice that can result in brain damage. Babies who develop kernicterus that was not correctly diagnosed or treated may be left with permanent disabilities.
While most infants are born with at least slight jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin and eyes, some develop kernicterus. The condition occurs when bilirubin is present in its unconjugated form at high levels. If this is not diagnosed and promptly treated, babies may suffer from irreversible brain damage.
If your child has brain damage caused by a doctor's failure to diagnose and treat kernicterus, you may be able to recover damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Determining whether or not your child's injuries were caused by a failure to diagnose and treat the condition may require the help of a medical expert. Some cases of kernicterus result from genetic conditions rather than from medical negligence. If you discover that your child's condition resulted instead from a medical error, you may have the grounds to pursue a claim against the doctor.
At our firm, we understand how devastating it is for our clients whose children have brain damage caused by kernicterus. We work to secure the complete medical records in order to determine why the child developed kernicterus and what was done to treat it. If we find that medical mistakes were made, we help with filing well-supported civil complaints to initiate formal legal proceedings for our clients. This may help them to recover compensation that is sufficient to provide care for the children throughout their lives. If you have questions about your child's case, you might want to review our page about children who develop brain injuries because of kernicterus.