Did Your Newborn Baby Have Severe Jaundice?

Minnesota Kernicterus Lawyers

Mismanagement of Severe Jaundice Can Cause Brain Damage

Kernicterus is a type of brain damage caused by severe jaundice. It can occur in newborns who develop jaundice but it is misdiagnosed, diagnosed too late, or improperly treated. At Janet, Janet & Suggs, we represent families in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and across Minnesota and the entire U.S. who have had their lives turned upside-down due to obstetrical malpractice and negligence. We are highly experienced from both medical and legal standpoints and use our considerable knowledge in these areas to identify malpractice and link it to kernicterus. Our goal as Minnesota birth injury lawyers is always to pursue a settlement or award that will provide for all of a child’s needs.

To find out how we can assist you, call (651) 243-2972 for a free consultation.

Severe Jaundice & Kernicterus

Mild jaundice is a relatively common occurrence in newborns. In fact, about 60-80% of newborns in the U.S. will develop jaundice. This condition occurs when bilirubin, a chemical in the blood, begins to build up. In most cases, it will resolve on its own. If jaundice is severe and is not identified or treated, however, bilirubin will reach dangerous levels and this can lead to brain damage. Kernicterus may affect motor development and function, hearing and other senses, and cognitive abilities.

It is important to properly treat jaundice, before it can become severe and lead to kernicterus. Treatment for jaundice may include:

  • Providing sufficient breast milk and/or formula
  • Phototherapy (light therapy)
  • Blood transfusion to quickly lower bilirubin levels in the blood

Talk to a Minnesota Birth Injury Attorney About Your Options

By carefully investigating the circumstances surrounding your child’s labor, delivery, and care after birth, our Minnesota birth injury attorneys can determine whether kernicterus was caused by some type of negligence or malpractice. If your doctor or a nurse failed to provide standard treatment for jaundice or did not recognize the signs of jaundice, you may have a viable case. The general statute of limitations for these cases is two years in Minnesota, so you need to be sure to act before time runs out.

Find out more about kernicterus and its potential link to malpractice by calling (651) 243-2972. We can answer your questions and provide honest insight that applies to your unique concerns and needs.

Our Victories

Our team has been fighting for justice for over 30 years and we have recovered over $1 billion on behalf of our clients.
  • $33.5 Million Delayed C-Section
  • $24 Million Failure To Diagnose
  • $15.5 Million Mismanaged Labor & Delivery
  • $15 Million Delayed Delivery
  • $13.5 Million Fetal Monitoring Errors
  • $10.8 Million Failure To Respond To Uterine Rupture
  • $9.5 Million Failure To Treat Infection
  • $9.3 Million Birth Injury
  • $9 Million Sonogram Misinterpretation
  • $8.25 Million Airway Obstruction
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