National Kernicterus Injury Lawyer
Kernicterus, a rare neurological condition, is almost entirely preventable. When it occurs, it is usually the result of medical error or negligence during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and after birth that allowed the build-up of bilirubin in the brain. Usually several errors need to occur in order for a newborn to develop kernicterus.
At our Boston-based law firm, Todd & Weld LLP, our attorneys undertake cases arising from the development of kernicterus in infants and children nationwide. We determine where and how the medical errors occurred and present our clients' cases with clarity and compassion to judges and juries throughout the United States. Handling such cases since the early 1990s, we have the experience and knowledge to prevail in these complex legal matters.
Equally important, we spend the time needed to provide each client with care and compassion. This may mean recommending resources to help them care for their children, listening to their concerns or keeping them informed about the progress of their legal matters. We believe that fully investing in our clients is not only the right thing to do, but it also strengthens our advocacy by appreciating their concerns.
Common Medical Errors That Can Lead to Kernicterus
One of the most common errors is the failure to take standard preventive action to prevent the build-up of bilirubin, known in the medical literature as hyperbilirubinemia prevention. This occurs when medical personnel do not:
- Evaluate the risk factors in the mother and baby
- Test bilirubin
- Ensure that the baby is receiving adequate nutrition
- Schedule a follow-up visit if the baby is discharged from the hospital less than 48 hours after birth
- Instruct parents on symptoms of kernicterus
- Treat jaundice aggressively with phototherapy or exchange transfusion
- Prescribe certain antibiotics to the mother in the last weeks of pregnancy
Avoiding these errors will prevent almost all cases of kernicterus and the cerebral palsy, hearing and vision problems, and cognitive deficits that usually accompany this tragic condition.
Our attorneys are dedicated to helping families whose children have this disabling condition. We are also committed to providing parents with the information they need before, during and after their case is resolved. Visit our Resources page or follow the links below for more information on preventing kernicterus.
To learn how Todd & Weld LLP can advocate for you in a kernicterus case, contact our lead kernicterus practice area partner, attorney Jeffrey N. Catalano, at 617-624-4789.