When a baby's skin and eyes look yellow, your infant could have been born with newborn jaundice. Jaundice in newborns happens a lot more than expectant mothers probably realize, and most babies are born with a slight jaundice.
When infants have a slight case of jaundice, it tends to go away on its own. However, in some situations the jaundice can be severe with high levels of bilirubin in the blood. When this happens, your infant's skin will look yellow and the whites of their eyes will also appear yellow. Medical care is necessary to treat your newborn's high bilirubin levels, which often includes use of special lights.
If your newborn's jaundice is left untreated, your infant can suffer serious Kentucky birth injuries including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Vision loss
- Brain damage
- Hearing loss
After birth and before sending your newborn baby home, doctors and healthcare professionals are supposed to examine your baby thoroughly to look for birth injuries. If your doctor and nurse did not rule out jaundice before you take your baby home, they could be at fault for medical negligence.
When doctors fail to diagnose jaundice and your infant suffers complications as a result of their negligent actions, you may have a Kentucky medical malpractice claim against the parties responsible for your baby suffering from newborn jaundice.
During this time, you need consider contacting a qualified Kentucky birth injury lawyer immediately at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson to bring a medical malpractice claim against those responsible for your infant's birth injury. A lawyer skilled in birth injuries will know how to protect your interests. To find out more about your rights, please call an experienced birth injury attorney in Northern Kentucky at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to schedule a free legal consultation today.