Everyone should be talking about legal help for Tennessee infants born drug-dependent.

By now, you have probably heard many devastating facts about the opioid crisis plaguing America, particularly our great state of Tennessee. But, while the focus of these conversations has been about the skyrocketing numbers of overdoses, I want to bring your attention to a part of this crisis that is just as important: the heartbreaking reasons why Darrell Castle & Associates, PLLC is providing legal help for Tennessee infants born drug-dependent.

While millions of people have become addicted to opioids, there is a much-overlooked sector of our population that is also suffering tremendously: babies. Every day, babies are born addicted to drugs. This happens when they come into contact with opioids in the womb. Very often, this opioid exposure is from prescription painkillers like Vicodin, Methadone, Percocet, or OxyContin.

You see, these drugs pass from the mother’s system right into the baby’s. This causes her child to become drug-dependent before it has even taken its first breath. To make matters worse, this fragile infant plunges into agonizing drug withdrawal once it is born. This group of severe withdrawal symptoms is called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS.

Symptoms of NAS include extreme irritability in the infant, slow weight gain, seizures, projectile vomiting, sweating, blotchy skin, and more. You can read more about NAS and its effect on children here.

The caretakers of these children have a long and costly road ahead of them. But you don’t have to do it alone.

Getting proper legal help for Tennessee infants born drug-dependent is vital. First, many infants with NAS are being raised in foster families, by child protective services, or by other family members when their parents are deemed unfit to parent them. This means that the entire financial burden of caring for a child with NAS falls to the good people who open their hearts and homes to these children. And it isn’t cheap.

Secondly, according to state data, the average cost to care for an NAS infant through his or her first year of life goes well over $62,000. And that’s just the first year.

The devastating truth is that NAS may affect a child well after it has grown out of infancy.  Studies show that children who had NAS when they were younger may grow to have other problems. These may include hearing impairments, developmental delays, problems with language, brain disorders, psychiatric illness, or more.

At Darrell Castle & Associates, PLLC, we believe this financial burden should not be on your shoulders. Instead, the major opioid manufactures, who allegedly led doctors to believe the drugs they were selling were not addictive and were totally safe to prescribe, should be held responsible. Call us right away to hear about our plan to seek financial compensation for you and the child under your care. We are already hard at work fighting for families just like yours.

If you are caring for a child you believe has NAS, we want to speak with you.

If you are a child protective services worker, hospital employee, foster parent, medical services worker, or a friend or family member who is caring for a child with NAS, contact us today.

We are ready to take on Big Pharma and the drug companies who helped fuel the opioid crisis. The call is absolutely free, and you pay nothing unless we win your case.

Tennessee has trusted us for over thirty years. It would be our privilege to fight for you and your family. Call 901-327-1212 to speak in person with lawyers who can get you the justice you deserve.