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Untreated Jaundice

Birth Injury Lawyers in New Hampshire

Around 60% of newborns will develop jaundice within the first few days of birth. As red blood cells break down, they produce a yellow substance called bilirubin. Jaundice occurs when high levels of bilirubin build up because the baby’s liver is unable to break down and remove the amounts of bilirubin being produced. A baby who has jaundice will have a yellow pigment to his or her skin and to the whites of his or her eyes. Jaundice is very common, and most cases resolve on their own within two to three weeks. More severe cases of jaundice may require treatment.

What Type of Treatment Is Available?

Phototherapy is a type of treatment that uses special lights to help the baby’s body change the composition of bilirubin into a form that the body can excrete. During phototherapy, the baby is placed on a bed wearing a diaper and eye protection, and the lights shine down on the baby.

If phototherapy is not effective, the jaundice may be treated with an exchange transfusion. In an exchange transfusion, small amounts of the baby’s blood are replaced with healthy blood.

What Happens if Jaundice Is Left Untreated?

If left untreated, jaundice can cause serious health conditions. The baby could be at risk of:

Because jaundice is so common, medical practitioners should be able to recognize the risks and provide treatment immediately. Bilirubin levels should be checked every eight to 12 hours within the first 24 hours after birth. Treatment should begin immediately if elevated bilirubin levels are detected.

If a medical practitioner does not test bilirubin levels of a newborn or fails to follow-up with treatment after elevated levels are detected, the medical practitioner may be liable for health conditions that result from untreated jaundice.

Who Can You Discuss Negligence With?

Left untreated, jaundice can be very dangerous for a newborn. If your baby suffered a health condition that resulted from a negligent medical practitioner’s failure to recognize or treat jaundice, you may be able to pursue a birth injury lawsuit. We at Abramson, Brown & Dugan understand this is a difficult time for you, so we are committed to compassionately helping you through the legal process. Our New Hampshire birth injury attorneys have years of experience fighting for children and their families and are capable of taking action against negligent medical practitioners.

To determine if you can bring a medical malpractice suit against medical practitioners, contact us online or call us at (603) 323-4622 for a free consultation.

Our Team

  • Mark Abramson

    Mark Abramson Attorney

    Mark A. Abramson is an experienced New Hampshire birth injury attorney and a founder of Abramson, Brown & Dugan. He has devoted the past 40+ years to helping victims of medical malpractice and catastrophic injury rebuild their lives. At the firm, he regularly handles highly complex cases, including those involving birth injuries and wrongful death.

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  • Kevin Dugan

    Kevin Dugan Attorney

    Kevin F. Dugan is a skilled New Hampshire birth injury attorney with more than 30 years of experience representing victims of medical malpractice throughout the state. He became a founding member of Abramson, Brown & Dugan after relocating from Florida—where he completed his undergraduate and law degree—to New Hampshire.

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  • Holly Haines

    Holly Haines Attorney

    Holly B. Haines is a skilled New Hampshire birth injury attorney who has been with the firm since 2003. Prior to joining Abramson, Brown & Dugan, she served as a judicial law clerk at the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the New Hampshire Superior Court for three years.

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  • Jared Green

    Jared Green Attorney

    Jared R. Green is an experienced birth injury attorney in New Hampshire. He has been working with Abramson, Brown & Dugan since 1992 when he was still in law school. Over the past 25+ years, he has helped injured victims and their families throughout the state, providing sound legal counsel and dedicated representation.

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  • Nick Abramson

    Nick Abramson Attorney

    Nick Abramson joined Abramson, Brown & Dugan in 2016 after spending four years as a federal criminal prosecutor. Now, with the firm, he focuses his practice on high-damage personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He has handled a variety of complex matters, including failure to diagnose, medication errors, and wrongful births.

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  • Elie Maalouf

    Elie Maalouf Attorney

    Elie Maalouf is an associate attorney at Abramson, Brown & Dugan. As a skilled New Hampshire birth injury lawyer, he focuses on representing victims of medical negligence and severe personal injury throughout the state. He strives to provide each client with the compassionate, one-on-one attention they deserve and the aggressive advocacy they need.

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  • Eva Bleich

    Eva Bleich Attorney

    Eva Bleich has been with Abramson, Brown & Dugan since 2008. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a plaintiffs’ medical malpractice lawyer in Philadelphia for 20 years. In her time spent as a New Hampshire birth injury lawyer, Eva has helped numerous individuals and families navigate the medical malpractice litigation process.

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