June 16, 2010

Cerebral Palsy and Jaundice: $6.5 Million Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

by Robert D'Iorio

Last month a Jury in Delaware handed down a $ 6.5 million medical malpractice verdict for a child with cerebral palsy. The plaintiffs alleged that the doctors failed to properly treat a child with elevated bilirubin levels and jaundice.

The child was born without any complications and sent home, however, the doctors failed to check the child’s bilirubin levels. Four days later the mother brought the child back to the hospital after the child began to have a “yellowish” color. Only then was the child diagnosed and treated for being jaundice.

Here, the doctors should have checked the child’s bilirubin levels and treated the child with phototherapy and if necessary blood transfusions prior to sending him home.

Jaundice is condition where bilirubin’s build up in the blood. When these bilirubin levels get excessively high the child is at risk for brain damage and developing cerebral palsy. If treated promptly this condition has an outstanding success rate.

If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by jaundice please call us for a free consultation.