Furr & Henshaw
Myrtle Beach
Making You Whole Again

Jury awards $25 million to disabled boy for untreated jaundice

South Carolina readers may take an interest in a recent $25 million award rendered by a jury in the case of a boy who suffered severe brain damage from jaundice that went untreated. The boy, who is now 6 years old, was released by a Brooklyn, N. Y., medical center without an exam or follow up, despite the fact that he had rapidly yellowing eyes and skin. The hospital has denied any failure to diagnose jaundice and has pledged to appeal the jury's verdict.

According to the family, nurses ignored the mother's concerns and claimed that the condition would clear up on its own. However, the boy's condition continued to deteriorate until his parents rushed him to a different hospital. At the new hospital, the infant was diagnosed with hyperbilirubinemia, which is a severe form of jaundice that causes cerebral palsy and brain damage. The boy was given two blood transfusions, but it was too late to save the boy from the worst consequences of hyperbilirubinemia.

The child is now permanently handicapped and is not able to speak or walk. He requires 24-hour care, which his parents can provide if the $25 million dollar award stands. Jaundice is a common condition among newborns and is treatable when it is detected early. Physicians usually treat jaundice by placing infants under phototherapy lights. If a case is extreme, a doctor may perform a blood transfusion.

Modern advances in medicine have reduced the risks associated with pregnancy and birth; however, there are still things that can go wrong. When doctors or nurses are negligent in their care of newborns, the risk for birth injuries and complications increases. A lawyer with a background in medical malpractice cases may be able to obtain a substantial settlement for parents whose child has been harmed by negligent medical care.

Source: New York Post, "Disabled Brooklyn boy awarded $25 million in untreated jaundice case against New York Methodist Hospital", Doyle Murphy, November 19, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
email us for a response
email us for a response

Contact The Office

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Furr & Henshaw
1900 Oak Street
PO Box 2909
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

Toll Free: 800-648-2947
Phone: 843-213-6737
Fax: 843-448-6445
Myrtle Beach Law Office Map

back to top