When a doctor fails to diagnose and treat a child with hypothyroidism early
in infancy, parents may be able to hold the doctor liable for
medical malpractice. An attorney may be able to help you seek financial compensation to cover
the costs of your child’s treatment if his or her condition was
caused by negligence, such as failing to monitor oxygen flow to the brain
during delivery.

Recognizing Neonatal Hypothyroidism Symptoms

Because neonatal hypothyroidism can cause
brain damage when it isn’t detected quickly enough, it’s important to stay
alert to symptoms and notify the pediatrician immediately if you have concerns.

Common symptoms include:

  • sleepiness and sluggishness;
  • not waking for feeding;
  • a puffy face;
  • a thick tongue that sticks out;
  • constipation;
  • a dull look, and/or dry, brittle hair;
  • jaundice; and
  • lack of muscle tone or function.

Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim for Neonatal Hypothyroidism?

Birth injury lawyer Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our Cleveland office for
a free consultation if you have questions about hypothyroidism. You may also
download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.