Parents Blame Kaiser for Baby’s Neurological Problems
SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) – A baby’s neurological problems were caused by Kaiser’s failure to correctly diagnose jaundice-related conditions, his parents claim in Orange County Superior Court.
Camden Chavira, by and through his guardian ad litem Charise Chavira, and Charise and Jacob Chavira as individuals, sued Kaiser Foundation Hsospitals, Southern California Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc, for medical malpractice, negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Jacob Chavira also sued for loss of consortium.
According to the lawsuit, Camden was born Dec. 19, 2015. Kaiser failed to diagnose and treat two conditions he had, hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus, according to the complaint. As a result, “he now suffers from complete hearing loss and brain and neurological injuries, including cerebral palsy,” the complaint states.
A website maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states: “Kernicterus is a type of brain damage that can result from high levels of bilirubin in a baby’s blood. It can cause athetoid cerebral palsy and hearing loss. Kernicterus also causes problems with vision and teeth and sometimes can cause intellectual disabilities. Early detection and management of jaundice can prevent kernicterus.”
The Chavira family seeks general and special damages, past and future medical expenses, loss of future earnings and earning capacity and costs of suit. They are represented by Bruce G. Fagel of the Law Offices of Bruce D. Fagel and Associates in Beverly Hills.