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Kernicterus

Philadelphia Kernicterus Lawyer

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Kernicterus, or jaundice-related brain damage, is nearly always preventable. When a child suffers kernicterus, it is often the result of medical malpractice or negligence. As such, the child’s parents may take legal action under Pennsylvania state law by bringing a birth injury claim against the negligent party.

At The Villari Firm, PLLC, we understand the devastating impact birth injuries have on children, their parents, their siblings, and other members of their families. Our firm believes that no individual or family should have to face the immense physical, financial, and emotional consequences of a doctor’s negligence on their own; we are committed to helping families secure the maximum compensation they are owed. See our case results to learn more about how we’ve helped families like yours and, to discuss your unique case with our Philadelphia birth injury lawyer during a free consultation, get in touch with us today.

We can be reached online or by phone at (215) 372-8889. When you work with The Villari Firm, PLLC, there are no fees unless/until we recover compensation for you.

Understanding Kernicterus: Symptoms & Causes

Kernicterus occurs when jaundice, or the yellowing of an infant’s skin and tissues, is not properly treated, leading to a buildup of bilirubin in the blood. Because jaundice is relatively common—affecting anywhere from 60 up to 80% of infants in the United States — and because it tends to go away on its own, doctors do not always treat it with the urgency they should. However, if bilirubin levels get too high and the child does not receive adequate treatment, he or she can suffer severe brain damage, or kernicterus.

If you notice any signs or symptoms of jaundice in your infant, see a doctor immediately. These include:

  • Skin that appears to have a yellow or orange tint (typically starting at the head)
  • Problems feeding (bottle or breast) and/or sleeping
  • Less-frequent urination/bowel movements than average
  • Severe fussiness

Additionally, you should seek medical attention for your child if you notice any signs of kernicterus:

  • Fever
  • Shrill, uncontrollable crying
  • Lack of energy
  • Drowsiness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Abnormal eye movement/inability to look up
  • Limp or stiff muscles/body
  • Seizures
  • Sensory problems
  • Issues with motor skill development
  • Tooth enamel that appears stained

In the simplest terms, kernicterus is caused by the failure to properly treat elevated levels of bilirubin in the blood. If you believe that your child’s injuries/condition are the result of medical negligence, we encourage you to reach out to our experienced legal team as soon as possible to discuss your rights and next steps. Our Philadelphia kernicterus lawyer can fight for the fair compensation you are owed.

Call The Villari Firm, PLLC at (215) 372-8889 or submit an online contact form today.

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  • Experienced Counsel

    With over 20 years of experience practicing law, Heidi G. Villari knows how to effectively and ethically fight for your recovery.

  • Access to Resources

    The Villari Firm works with the finest of experts, medical doctors and legal professionals who are in the best position to review your case.

  • Valuable Insight

    Heidi G. Villari has been on both sides of medical malpractice cases and is prepared to leverage this insight on her clients' behalf.

  • Prepared for Anything

    At The Villari Firm, we believe that preparation is key to success and are always ready to go to trial to fight on our clients' behalf.

  • Unwavering Support

    Heidi G. Villari is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to effectively fight for the compensation that her clients need and deserve.

  • A Proven Record

    Attorney Heidi G. Villari has fearlessly fought to help her clients recover over $110 million in compensation for their injuries.

Contact the Villari Firm And Leave the Battle to Us

If you have been harmed due to the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional, do not hesitate to let us fight for your rights. If you think you have no chance of recovering compensation, then you have never met Heidi G. Villari.