How to Know When Your New York Doctor is Responsible for Your Newborn’s Jaundice

Jaundice is one of the potential medical problems for newborns that most parents are prepared for and view as easily treatable. In many cases, jaundice is easily treatable. However, there are times, specifically when the jaundice is severe or a medical mistake occurs, when jaundice can result in a significant birth injury.

What is Jaundice?

Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin that is caused by high levels of bilirubin in the blood. While some level of jaundice is common after birth, high levels of bilirubin may be present if there is an increase in the number of red blood cells or a problem in the way that the body processes bilirubin.

A Doctor's Mistake May Cause Jaundice and Resulting Complications

Medical negligence can cause jaundice or lead to it going undiagnosed, and significant health problems may result. For example, a doctor may cause jaundice by*:
  • Not properly treating blood incompatibilities between the mother and baby
  • Not properly treating infection
  • Making a mistake that leads to a premature delivery
  • Not properly diagnosing a condition that could affect the red blood cell count or bilirubin processing
  • Making a mistake that results in a birth injury that makes the baby more likely to develop jaundice

Similarly, a doctor may cause a birth injury to result from jaundice by:
  • Failing to diagnose jaundice
  • Failing to properly treat jaundice

Contact a New York Birth Injury Attorney if Your Child Has Been Hurt

If your child has suffered a birth injury because of jaundice then you may be able to recover damages for his or her medical expenses and other needs. Please contact an experienced New York birth injury lawyer at 1-800-PAGAN-911 today. We will work hard to get your family the results that you deserve.

*Source: U.S. Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus, Newborn Jaundice

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