Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of opioid deaths in America has skyrocketed. Sadly, the rate of babies born opioid addicted is rising alongside them. This is a tragic problem, but sadly, not a new one. According to the CDC, opioid addiction in pregnant women has increased by more than four times in the last twenty years, and babies who have been born to these women suffer the consequences.
Opioid Addicted Babies suffer from NAS.
Babies born opioid addicted spend their first days of life in a lot of suffering as they experience severe withdrawal. This painful group of withdrawal symptoms is known as NAS, or Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. NAS is caused by exposure to opioid drugs while in the womb, which then stop cold turkey once the mother gives birth. This is an agonizing way for anyone to begin life.
The initial symptoms of NAS are:
- Increase in irritability and crying
- Not sleeping
- A hard time breastfeeding
- Fever and sweats
- Slow weight gain
Unfortunately, the problems these newborn children face don’t always end when the withdrawal has run its course. In fact, through no fault of their own, they may suffer from adverse symptoms for the rest of their life.
Long-term symptoms of NAS can include:
- Birth defects
- Respiratory complications
- Chronic stress
- Behavioral and development problems
- Risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
- Hearing disabilities
- Language delays
- Impaired motor skills
- Psychiatric illness
- and more
You and your baby should not have to suffer alone.
NAS can take a huge emotional and financial toll on the whole family. Treatment for NAS is estimated to cost $62,000 in the first year alone. Our team at Darrell Castle & Associates doesn’t think any family should have to bear that financial burden, and thankfully, the law agrees with us.
In 2020, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that opioid producers can be sued under the state’s Drug Dealer Liability Act. This is significant for two reasons. Firstly, it means Tennessee’s highest court acknowledges Big Pharma’s responsibility in creating America’s opioid crisis. Secondly, it allows a lawsuit to be filed on behalf of children born dependent on opioids. This means that if you and your baby have suffered this drug injury, you can seek compensation.
Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer today for FREE.
If you, your child, or a child you know was born with NAS, contact us online today or call 901-327-1212 to set up a FREE consultation with one of our compassionate and experienced lawyers. We are here to offer judgment-free help to both the mothers and children affected by the opioid crisis.
Treating NAS can take a lifetime, and you shouldn’t be left with the bill. Call us today to hear how we can help.