Infants who exhibit signs of yellowing skin and eyes may have serious condition known an hyperbilirubinemia.  If left untreated, the condition may cause the infant to sustain brain damage. The birth injury lawyers of Balkin & Eisbrouch suggest that parents who babies’ untreated hyperbilirubinemia caused them to suffer cerebral palsy or other type of injury, explore legal options.  This condition might have been stopped in its tracks.

Causes of Hyperbilirubinemia

Bilirubin is a substance produced by the liver to break down red blood cells. If the liver is unable to process bilirubin, hyperbilirubinemia results. If there are excessive amounts of the substance are present in a baby’s bloodstream, the child can experience brain damage.

Babies with this condition appear to be suffering from jaundice due to its hallmark yellow color. But if left untreated, hyperbilirubinemia may cause kernicterus- a form of brain damage that causes cerebral palsy, an irreversible condition.

If a doctor or medical professional fails to diagnose hyperbilirubinemia, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice.

Other symptoms of hyperbilirubinemia

Symptoms of this condition include:

  • Jaundice
  • Decreased appetite, poor feeding
  • Lethargy

Without a prompt diagnosis, the baby runs a serious risk of developing cerbral palsy- a permanent condition that impairs growth, cognitive development, and motor skills.

Contact a birth injury lawyer

The attorneys at Balkin & Eisbrouch are experienced with birth injuries such as hyperbilirubinemia and understand the implications such a diagnosis may have on a child and family. If your baby was afflicted by a birth injury, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and receive compensation for the financial and emotional toll the injury has taken and will take throughout that child’s entire life.

Balkin & Eisbrouch has decades of experience taking these cases to trial. We consult with top medical experts and investigators to understand your child’s case, isolate the mistakes that were made, and prove how they could have been avoided with competent care according to current medical standards.

Contact Balkin & Eisbrouch today to discuss your case. There is no fee for a consultation and we collect no money unless your case is successful. Call today.