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Jaundice is a condition which is common in new-borns and is a build-up of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a pigment that yellows the skin and eyes. Jaundice, even severe cases, is easily treatable and typically involves light therapy to break down the pigment.

However, without any treatment, jaundice can cause serious illnesses such as cerebral palsy, deafness and a type of brain damage called Kernicterus.

A jaundice check is undertaken at birth by the midwives and during the initial new-born period. If there are concerns a blood test will be arranged for the baby before treatment is instigated.

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Brain damage

Brain damage can be caused by a birth injury to the baby’s head during labour, an infection, lack of oxygen to the foetus and jaundice.

Maternal mental health

Many women will seek help for their child who might have suffered an injury but often minimise the importance of their mental health.

Support for families

Witnessing a traumatic birth or living with a birth injury can have a devastating effect on partners, siblings, and other family members.

Legal advice.

The birth of a child should be a time of happiness, excitement and celebration. Sadly, when negligent mistakes are made by medical professionals the result is pain, heartache and frustration for parents and the wider family.

If you believe that you have a birth injury negligence claim in relation to any wrong or mistreatment you received during birth, then please contact a member of our medical negligence specialist team today. We are dedicated to your best interests and can advise you on how to proceed. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.

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