Why Is My Child In The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit?

Every parent experiences a significant amount of fear when their brand new baby is admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). You want what's best for your child, so it is important to explore every possibility to make sure your child gets the best care possible, and if there are serious complications resulting from medical negligence, it is important to talk with a lawyer as soon as possible.

At Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices, we have offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and we serve clients throughout the country who have had newborns admitted to NICUs due to medication errors, brain damage or other causes. We will help you obtain full compensation for the tragedies you have suffered as a family.

There are a number of common reasons why babies are admitted into the NICU, including:

  • Premature birth: This is probably the most common reason for children being admitted into the NICU. In some cases, even children who are only a day or two early can be admitted as a standard precaution, and of course other cases are much more serious, where the child needs to be incubated and fed intravenously and other medical interventions become necessary.
  • Diabetes: Especially when mothers have diabetes, it is not uncommon for the children to take some time to become accustomed to making their own insulin, and until they do, they need more intensive attention from the medical staff.
  • Anemia: Anemia is a low count of blood cells which can require frequent blood checks and medical attention.
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: This is the inability to take in adequate oxygen, which of course requires oxygen to be administered manually. This can occur in premature and full-term infants whose lungs have not developed properly.
  • Jaundice: Jaundice is another common reason for admitted children into the NICU. It is a high bilirubin (a natural biproduct that occurs when the body breaks down cells) count in the blood.
  • Cerebral Palsy: A child can exhibit many other alarming symptoms with cerebral palsy. Often cerebral palsy is a tragedy that could have been avoided with adequate medical care during birth.

Many cases of children in the NICU result from unavoidable natural causes, but other birth injuries are a direct result of negligence or malpractice on the part of the medical professionals involved with the birth or postnatal care. The only way to be sure is to talk with an experienced lawyer from our team, or our exceptional legal nurse consultant Margaret Oberts.

Talk Over Your Situation With Our Team Today

We understand that you have been through a serious tragedy and considering a legal action might be the last thing on your mind at this time. However, if the tragedy you have suffered was caused by the doctor's negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your losses and the sooner you talk to an attorney from our team, the more we can do to help you.

Call us at 888-396-3914 or email us to schedule your free initial consultation.