The Failure To Act Is A Form of Medical Malpractice

The Failure To Act Is A Form of Medical Malpractice

Many times in the first few hours and days following an infant's birth, his or her skin may have a yellowish appearance, signaling that the baby is suffering from jaundice as the result of an excess of bilirubin. Bilirubin is the substance left over after red cells break down, and is typically removed by the liver. Under normal circumstances, the mother's liver removes the fetus' bilirubin, and then after birth the newborn's liver takes over. When an infant's liver is not fully developed, it cannot remove the excess bilirubin and serious problems can occur.

The telltale signs of jaundice include be yellow or orange skin, starting at the head and spreading to the toes. Other signs may be if a newborn is hard to wake up or won't wake up at all, is extremely fussy or won't breastfeed or suck from a bottle. When severe jaundice is not noticed or treated quickly and correctly by a pediatrician or other medical personnel, these health care providers may be guilty of medical malpractice. They can be held legally liable for their actions or failure to act.

If you believe your child suffered from jaundice and medical personnel failed to take the necessary steps, it is important that you consult with a knowledgeable California birth injury attorney right away. A dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyer can begin an investigation into all of the factors surrounding a particular incident and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

While it is not uncommon for infants to have a twinge of "newborn jaundice," the condition can become serious and lead to significant complications including:

• Loss of hearing

• Difficulty with eye movement

• Brain damage

• Mental retardation

If you think something is wrong, trust your gut. Doctors can test a newborn for jaundice, and the failure to detect and treat this condition can be extremely harmful.

For more information or if you believe that your child suffered harm as the result of a medical error, including the failure to act, please contact the top California birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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