A lawsuit was filed against a physician, the assistant, and the hospital where a child was born and treated because of an alleged negligence and failure to identify jaundice in time. This led to the newborn child developing a condition called kernicterus. The case against the physician and hospital was successful, and the jury verdict was $6.25 million. An experienced New York birth injury attorney can help out in similar cases in New York City and surrounding areas.
Kernicterus is a serious condition and a very rare type of brain damage that newborns experience. It happens when bilirubin, a substance in the blood, goes up to abnormally high levels. If left unchecked, it can cause long-term brain damage, sometimes even permanent. The condition is caused by another condition called jaundice, which is itself a quite common condition in newborns and appears as a yellow tint to the whites of the eyes of a baby as well as to the skin.