$4 Million Award After Jaundice Causes Brain Damage
- Date: Fall 1998
- Attorney: John Blume
- Settlement: $4 Million
- Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Failure to Diagnose, Failure to Treat, Hyperbilirubinemia, Jaundice, Brain Injury
Blood tests showed a rising level of bilirubin in an infant’s brain. Three days after he was discharged from the hospital, his parents noticed that he was lethargic and took him to a nearby pediatrician who sent them to St. Peter’s Medical Center in New Brunswick. By that time, the bilirubin level was toxic and had caused brain damage.
Blume Goldfaden principal John Blume alleged that the medical professionals failed to warn the parents of the complications from the toxic bilirubin level which caused the infant’s jaundice. He suffered brain damage and now suffers from spastic quadriplegia and mental retardation. Mr. Blume settled the case for $4 million after a two-week trial and just prior to verdict.