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Babies in Canada Suffering Brain Damage after Jaundice Goes Untreated

Babies in Canada Suffering Brain Damage after Jaundice Goes Untreated

Newborn jaundice, characterized by yellowing of the skin from high levels of bilirubin, is typically harmless and easily treated—however if left untreated and bilirubin levels get too high, a condition called kernicterus can result, causing brain damage. In Canada, babies have been increasingly suffering irreversible brain damage from kernicterus despite the fact that the condition can be prevented. Lawsuits have been filed against healthcare providers in Canada citing “major or catastrophic injuries” such as cerebral palsy, many pointing to “either a poor understanding of newborn jaundice or poor adherence to the published guidelines,” according to a recently published Canadian Medical Protective Association review. Caught early, hyperbilirubinemia is treatable with light therapy or blood transfusions in severe cases, but erring on the side of caution when it comes to testing for this condition is paramount.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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