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Hyperbilirubinemia, or more commonly known as jaundice, is a condition that affects newborns when there is too much bilirubin in the blood. This substance is formed when red blood cells break down, causing a yellow pigment to accumulate in a baby's skin, eyes and other tissues. While this condition is usually harmless, high enough amounts of bilirubin can cause irreversible brain damage if undiagnosed and untreated. If your infant has suffered brain damage due to a doctor's failure to treat your baby's jaundice, you may be entitled to recover compensation by filing a medical malpractice claim with the assistance of a Miami birth injury attorney from the Law Offices of David. C. Rash.
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Causes and Effects of Hyperbilirubinemia
Hyperbilirubinemia can result from a number of different causes:
- Inadequate liver function
- Hemolysis, or having too many red blood cells
- Breast feeding
Baby boys, infants of Asian parentage, and premature babies all have a higher risk of developing this condition than others. Under the standard of care, all newborn infants are usually required to have their bilirubin levels tested prior to being discharged. If high levels are detected, treatments such as ultraviolet therapy or even blood transfusions may be required.
If doctors fail to properly treat a baby's high bilirubin counts, a type of brain damage called kernicterus can result. This can manifest itself in several different ways, causing varying levels of debilitation. Cerebral palsy, deafness, learning disabilities, seizures, and speech difficulties can all result from kernicterus.
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If your infant suffered brain damage due to untreated hyperbilirubinemia, our firm's highly skilled Miami medical malpractice lawyers are fully prepared to go the distance to protect your rights in a court of law. If successful, damages can be awarded in relation to pain and suffering, present and future medical expenses, and emotional distress. We understand the devastation you must be experiencing, and our firm is committed to doing everything within our power to provide you with the support you need during this difficult time.
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