Kernicterus Warning Signs: Bend/Portland, Oregon Lawyers Share Important Information


Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers Share Kernicterus Warning Signs 


Kernicterus is a rare but potentially catastrophic condition that could cause profound brain damage to newborns.  Fortunately, Kernicterus is usually preventable with competent medical care and attention from OB/GYNs, family care practitioners, nurses, and other healthcare providers.  But unfortunately, far too many newborns suffer the serious, debilitating, and catastrophic effects of Kernicterus due to careless, reckless, and even negligent healthcare.  A newborn that suffers brain damage from Kernicterus may be entitled to compensation from this poor medical care and treatment.  Our Bend/Portland, Oregon birth injury lawyers share the warning signs of Kernicterus and why it could result in serious personal injuries.


What is Kernicterus?


Kernicterus is brain damage caused by a bilirubin buildup in the blood.  The bilirubin results in jaundice, or the yellowing of skin, eyes, and other tissue.  While jaundice is completely normal in newborns, including up to 80% of infants having some amount of jaundice, Kernicterus is when the jaundice does not go away on its own.  This means that the bilirubin levels stay too high which results in serious damage to the brain.  When this happens for too many days in a row, the jaundice becomes Kernicterus which is when the newborn is at risk for brain damage.


Warning Signs of Kernicterus

There are many potential warning signs of Kernicterus that a family should be aware of in watching over their newborn child.  Yes, the most obvious sign is the yellowing of the skin, eyes, and other tissue.  This is the bilirubin.  But this jaundice occurs in almost 80% of all newborns, and it is not a concern unless it progresses to the point of becoming Kernicterus.  This is because not all jaundice becomes Kernicterus, and sometimes Kernicterus has a less obvious yellow manifestation than one may think.

This is why it is important for families to know the different between jaundice and Kernicterus by being aware of the troubling symptoms of Kernicterus.  Our Bend, Oregon lawyers and Portland, Oregon lawyers share the important Kernicterus warning signs which include the following:

  • Orange tint to the skin;
  • Extreme fatigue and difficulty waking up;
  • Trouble sleeping or falling asleep;
  • Feeding problems;
  • Extreme agitation and fussy behavior;
  • Less urination or bowel movements;
  • Excessive crying;
  • Drowsiness;
  • Unusual eye movements;
  • Unexplained Fever;
  • Odd muscle contractions of the whole body or extreme limpness or flaccid muscles (hypertonia or hypotonia);
  • Seizures;
  • Muscle spams; 
  • Sensory problems such as vision or hearing; and
  • Many other symptoms.

Victims of Kernicterus Birth Injuries Should Ask Our Bend/Portland, Oregon Lawyers for Help

When a loved one has been diagnosed with Kernicterus or another birth injury, you may have rights under Oregon law to protect.  This includes compensation for medical bills, future disability of your child, future care of your child, pain and suffering, and other types of expenses that your newborn may suffer.  Kernicterus is a type of medical condition that simply should not occur with the proper care and treatment.  


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  


We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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