Kernicterus Medical Malpractice Lawyers - Neonatal Injury Compensation Claims

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Neonatal conditions including hypoglycemia, kernicterus and hip dysplacia arise shortly after a child is born and can place the child at serious risk of permanent disability or death. Healthcare professionals should be vigilant and should be aware of the warning signs of these problems and failure to act appropriately and in a timely manner may mean that they are negligent and liable to pay compensation for medical malpractice for any harm suffered by the child as a result of their inaction. Our medical malpractice lawyers can help you to exercise your legal rights to obtain compensation. Our lawyers will deal with your claim using a contingency fee arrangement which means if you don't succeed in receiving compensation then your lawyers won't get paid. You will receive a complete professional service from lawyers who specialise in claiming compensation for personal injury caused as a result of negligence. For advice at no charge and without obligation on kernicterus just complete the contact form or call the helpline and a qualified lawyer will telephone you immediately to discuss your neonatel injury compensation claim without further obligation.

Kernicterus

Kernicterus is a relatively rare condition which can lead to cerebral palsy. Those involved in neonatal care should be aware of the signs and symptoms of an infant suffering from kernicterus and failure to take appropriate action is likely to be medical malpractice.

Kernicterus is caused by an excess of bilirubin in an infant's bloodstream which is a fairly common condition however if left untreated it can result in hyperbilirubinemia which if not dealt with causes kernicterus which is a very serious untreatable injury with symptoms similar at ataxic cerebral palsy. There are numerous factors which should alert healthcare practitioners to a child who is at risk including any combination of the use of oxytocin or valium during pregnancy, gestational diabetes, premature birth, breastfeeding, birth trauma, infections, an Rh or ABO incompatibility between the mother and the baby, Asian or Native American descent, or a family history of the condition. The signs of an infant being at risk usually appear within three or four days of birth and even if a child appears to recover from the initial problem there is still a risk of slow delay in the development of motor skills, developmental issues, mental retardation and deafness. There can also be problems feeding, low muscle tone, lethargy and a high-pitched cry which may be symptomatic of kernicterus.

Physicians should be on alert with all newborn babies for any of the signs of kernicterus which can often be treated very simply by the use of appropriate medical lighting and increasing fluid intake. In urgent serious cases a full blood transfusion may be appropriate to remove all blood corrupted with bilirubin.

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