Kernicterus is a type of brain damage caused when a baby’s jaundice is allowed to get too severe. Jaundice is a relatively common condition in newborn babies, and at a mild level and quickly treated, it is normally harmless.
However, if left too long, levels of ‘bilirubin’ in the baby’s bloodstream can get too high and eventually spread to the brain, causing permanent damage and long-term disabilities. That is why it is so important that the medical staff caring for your baby, particularly if your baby has other medical needs and has been kept in hospital, should look out for symptoms of jaundice and regularly check bilirubin levels if they are concerned. If they fail to do this, which means treatment is delayed or not provided at all, and brain damage sets in, you may be able to claim. Our team of experienced solicitors can help you to do this by investigating the treatment of your child to see if you have grounds to make a claim for compensation.