Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Opioid Lawsuit

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Opioid Lawsuit

Newborn Shows Signs of NAS

NAS Opioid Lawsuit Claim Reviews

If a potential mother suffered an injury or underwent surgery that required doctor prescribed opioids, addiction and dependence can occur. If that woman is pregnant or becomes pregnant while gripped by addiction, the developing fetus can suffer.

Further, frequent use of opioids, like Methadone or Suboxone, in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) also puts the infant at risk of being born with Neonatal abstinence syndrome and other neurodevelopmental issues.

If your baby had a prolonged neonatal stay for more than a week or more with significant withdrawal issues and developmental delay, please contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys. Our legal team now accepts NAS opioid lawsuit claims for review.

What Is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?

Neonatal abstinence syndrome, also referred to as NAS, is a term for a class of conditions that result from an infant suffering the effects of drug withdrawal at birth due to exposure to them in utero.

When a woman regularly takes or abuses drugs during her pregnancy, the chemicals pass through the placenta and into the bloodstream of the fetus. Furthermore, this leads to the developing fetus forming a dependency on the drugs and born addicted to those drugs. After birth, the neonate’s body is no longer receiving the supply of drugs. As a result, the infant begins to go through drug withdrawals as the drugs begin to clear from the body.

What is a Finnegan NAS score?

A neonatal nurse conducts a standard examination to assess the general health of a neonate. Further observation is then given to infants who show signs of NAS. This observation occurs approximately two hours after birth to help establish a baseline to determine a total abstinence score. A Finnegan NAS score sheet is used to observe any number of symptoms and severity of symptoms.

Following initial scoring, an infant will be checked in 4-hourly intervals over a 24-hour time period, for a minimum of four days. If a infant scores high, intervals are increased to 2-hourly intervals.

Three categories of symptoms used to determine Finnegan scoring include:

  1. Gastrointestinal disturbances
  2. Neurological excitability
  3. Respiratory/metabolic disturbances

Symptoms of NAS

Symptoms of NAS can manifest in various ways depending on the kind of drug used, frequency of use, the last time the mother used, and whether the infant was born premature or reached full-term.

These symptoms can include:

  • Tremors, convulsions, and seizures
  • Excessive and high-pitched crying
  • Tight muscle tone
  • Blotchy skin
  • Poor feeding and slow weight gain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability and fussiness
  • Breathing problems
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Poor feeding
  • Sweating, fever, and dehydration

These symptoms can appear immediately after birth or take days to fully manifest. Depending on various factors, symptoms can last anywhere from 1 week to 6 months or longer after the birth of the child. However, some symptoms of NAS can resemble other medical conditions. To be sure of an accurate diagnosis, always consult your doctor or pediatrician.

Basis for Opioid NAS Lawsuits

Opioid NAS lawsuits claim that infants are being born addicted to opioids due to deceptive drug marketing and over-prescriptions. In fact, current lawsuits claim that drug manufacturers intentionally mislead consumers and the medical community. This smoke and mirrors tactic promoted opioids as a safe treatment of chronic pain, all while not including the high risk of an opioid addiction. 

Our Caring Team Can Help You Seek Compensation for NAS

If your healthcare provider prescribe you painkillers in the form of opioids while you were pregnant and your child was born with neonatal abstinence syndrome that required a prolonged neonatal stay, our team of compassionate lawyers can help.

Additionally, if your child receives a diagnosis of hydrocephaly, glaucoma, certain congenital heart defects, spina bifida, or gastroschisis due to addiction to prescribed opioids, don’t hesitate to reach out.

You deserve justice for the pain, suffering, emotional distress, and trauma inflicted upon you and your family. Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys will put their experience, dedication, and knowledge to work to aggressively pursue your due compensation. We’re your 24/7 Injury Attorneys. Call us any time, day or night, at (504) 345-1111.

 

 

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