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Arkansas jury enters $46.5 MILLION VERDICT FOR TODDLER in Medical Malpractice Case

In medical circles, kernicterus is known as a “never event”, meaning it should never happen. That’s because the condition is very easily preventable. About 60% percent of babies are born with jaundice, which results in a yellow tint in a child’s skin and the whites of their eyes. Usually, the condition resolves itself or can be treated by placing the baby under ultra-violet light. Kara Smalls had jaundice, but she was sent home. Without treatment, bilirubin continued to build in her blood stream until it broke the barrier of her brain and stained the area that controls her physical movements. “We are encouraged by the jury’s commitment to the patient safety rules for South Arkansas, and we are thrilled that the jury devoted itself to a verdict that would provide for Kara Smalls, age 2 1/2, for the rest of her life. Newborn babies need and deserve competent medical care in all of the United States, whether it’s Ouachita County, AR, Union County, AR, Miami, FL or anywhere else.”