Babies Born Addicted to Opiates or Diagnosed with NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome)
Every 20 minutes a baby is born suffering withdrawal from opioids.If your child was born addicted to opiates, he or she may be entitled to significant compensation. Babies exposed to prescription opioids in utero often suffer from a set of symptoms referred to as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or NAS. In the first few months of life, babies diagnosed with NAS suffer through the agony of opioid withdrawal. Symptoms can include trembling, seizures, trouble sleeping, tight muscles, hyperactive reflexes, hypersensitivity to environmental stimuli, irritability marked by excessive and high-pitched crying, difficulty feeding, failure to thrive, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and fever. Unfortunately, the effects of NAS do not go away after the first few months of life. Long-term effects of NAS include delayed growth, learning difficulties, memory deficits, behavioral disorganization, difficulty controlling impulses, hyperactivity, depression, delayed development of motor skills, vision impairments (e.g. strabismus, nystagmus, reduced acuity, and refractive errors), hearing loss, and language delays.
IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT
If you gave birth to a baby diagnosed with NAS, the first thing you need to know is that it is not your fault. Anyone can easily become addicted to opioids and even accidently overdose. The opioid epidemic in the United States was not caused by patients seeking relief from pain, the epidemic that has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands individuals and destroyed the lives of many more was caused by a group of drug manufacturers who made billions of dollars from opioid sales at the expense of patients and the country.
We are Here to Help
Hundreds of opioid lawsuits have been filed around the country by Plaintiffs injured as a result of the opioid epidemic. The attorneys at Canepa Riedy Abele are currently investigating lawsuits on behalf of patients and their families who have been injured by prescription opioids.
If you or a loved one were prescribed an opioid painkiller and suffered an opioid related injury, contact our office today. You may be entitled to significant compensation.