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Kernicterus

Birth Injury Lawyers Serving Hawaii

Kernicterus, also referred to as hyperbilirubinemia, is a type of brain damage that occurs as a result of severe jaundice. While jaundice is a relatively common condition in newborns and can be easily treated, if it goes unrecognized and untreated it can become quite severe and result in dangerously high levels of bilirubin in the blood, which can lead to brain damage.

As Hawaii birth injury attorneys, we at Davis Levin Livingston have been serving families across Hawaii for over 30 years. We have a considerable amount of experience with cases involving kernicterus and severe jaundice, and we know precisely what types of medical malpractice can lead to this rare form of brain damage. We also know how tremendous the costs can be to manage and treat kernicterus. Our goal is always to hold at-fault parties accountable by pursuing maximum compensation on behalf of our clients.

To find out how we can help with your case, call (808) 400-7517. Davis Levin Livingston offers a free consultation to review your child’s condition and the legal remedies available to you.

Symptoms of Kernicterus

A jaundiced infant should be given increased fluids/feedings and may require light therapy. If this is not done and the baby is not properly monitored, jaundice can progress, and kernicterus can result.

Kernicterus can be identified by the following symptoms:

  • Poor feeding
  • Yellow tint to the skin
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • High-pitched wailing
  • Seizures
  • Hearing loss
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Difficulty with movement

Linking Kernicterus to Medical Malpractice

Kernicterus may be linked to medical malpractice if a nurse or doctor failed to recognize the signs of jaundice, mistreated jaundice, failed to monitor an infant with jaundice, or delayed treatment for severe jaundice. When this occurs, those parties responsible for the infant’s injuries should be brought to justice. That is what we do at Davis Levin Livingston. Their Hawaii birth injury lawyers expose obstetrical malpractice to help those who have already been injured and to improve conditions for others in the future.

Let us fight for the compensation you need for your child’s care. Call (808) 400-7517 to get started.

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  • $12,500,000

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  • $11,000,000

    C-Section Errors

  • $9,975,000

    Brain Injury

  • $9,000,000

    Cerebral Palsy

  • $9,000,000

    Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

  • $7,900,000

    Fetal Distress

  • $6,000,000

    Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

  • $4,900,000

    C-Section Errors

  • $4,500,000

    Fetal Distress

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  • Secured tens of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
  • Highest malpractice judgment in U.S. history against a military hospital.
  • Includes an experienced medical team including a nursing staff to answer your questions.
  • Mark Davis and Mike Livingston have been recognized as some of the best lawyers in Hawaii.
  • Resources available to advance your expenses; no cost or fees unless Davis Levin Livingston wins your case.
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Did You Know?

You are not alone in this.
  • 7 out of 1,000 newborns are diagnosed with a birth injury.
  • In a year, 157,000 mothers and children suffered potentially preventable injuries.
  • The lifetime costs of birth injuries can reach tens of millions of dollars.
  • On average 28,000 babies are born with a birth injury every year.

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