Philadelphia Kernicterus Attorney
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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. 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 kernicterus lawyer during a free consultation, get in touch with us today.
Signs & Symptoms of Kernicterus
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:
- Shrill, uncontrollable crying
- Lack of energy
- Muscle spasms
- Abnormal eye movement/inability to look up
- Limp or stiff muscles/body
- 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.