Kernicterus is a form of brain damage caused by a build-up of bilirubin, the substance left over when red blood cells die, in your bloodstream. Bilirubin causes your skin to develop a yellow tint, and it may lead to the development of jaundice. Jaundice is usually harmless. However, if the bilirubin levels in your bloodstream reach very high levels, it may enter the brain, causing brain damage.
Kernicterus is easily avoidable. If your baby shows signs of jaundice, you should visit your doctor immediately for treatment. With competent medical care, your child’s condition will improve, and there will be no risk of developing kernicterus. Unfortunately, many doctors make medical errors which may lead to your baby developing kernicterus and acute kernicterus.
Some common errors that can explain the causes of kernicterus include:
If you live in New Jersey or Pennsylvania and believe your child developed kernicterus due to a medical error, please contact the New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys at Weiss & Paarz, P.C. today to schedule a confidential consultation.