Compensation for Opioid-Addicted Babies in Tennessee
Do you have or care for a child whose first days were filled with the pain of opioid withdrawal? They deserve a hopeful financial future. Let us help you act against drug manufacturers who fueled Tennessee’s opioid crisis.
Tennessee’s Opioid Crisis
For many years now the opioid epidemic has impacted family members and loved ones of all ages throughout Tennessee. Even babies in the womb are at risk of addiction, becoming drug-dependent in utero and emerging into the world with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
NAS is a dangerous condition suffered by newborns whose mothers used opioids during pregnancy. Children born with this syndrome spend their first few days of life enduring the pain of opioid withdrawal and often require increased medical care. As they grow, these children may have ongoing behavioral and development disturbances that can continue for years.
The number of children born with NAS in Tennessee was more than five times greater in 2014 than it was in 2004. In response to this crisis, lawsuits are being filed against opioid manufacturers by the mothers and caregivers of Tennessee babies born with NAS.
Are you caring for a baby born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)? Our attorneys will review your case to determine if you may be entitled to legal compensation. Call 615.254.8801 or fill out the online form with your information, and we will contact you to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.
What is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is the almost-immediate onset of opioid withdrawal symptoms at birth, when the drug is no longer being delivered through the mother’s umbilical cord.
NAS is caused when a pregnant woman uses opioids, including prescription drugs such as:
- Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Morphine (Kadian, Avinza)
NAS can be dangerous and many infants require some form of medical aid, including acute, short-term, intensive or comprehensive care.
Symptoms of NAS in newborns may include:
- Irritability, trembling, and fever
- Sweating, along with a raised heart rate and respiration level
- Trouble feeding, including vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss
- Difficulty sleeping
Newborns with NAS may also cry as a result of the pain of withdrawal. When this happens, efforts to comfort them are often ineffective, and intense crying may continue for many hours. Unsurprisingly, this causes distress for the child’s caregivers – both family members and medical professionals.
NAS can be diagnosed through an evaluation of the child’s bowel movement (meconium test) or an evaluation of the baby’s urine (urinalysis). Medical professionals may also use a scoring system that grades a baby’s withdrawal symptoms based on severity, which can help guide a newborn’s treatment plan.
Treatment plans depend on the severity of a baby’s symptoms and condition, and may include IV fluids or medications to prevent complications such as seizures. Some NAS newborns may be given a drug such as Methadone to treat opioid withdrawal.
This kind of care can cost as much as $60,000 – if not more, not including the long-term care the child may need. Longer-term issues associated with NAS include problems with motor skills, vision and hearing, as well as problems with behavioral and cognitive abilities.
Act for a Tennessee Child in Your Care
Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings (BS&J), PLLC, is accepting claims filed by caregivers and families of children affected by NAS, and filing suit against the drug companies who helped create and continue to fuel the opioid epidemic.
We understand how emotionally and financially difficult caring for a child with NAS can be. Children who suffer from NAS can pursue valid claims until they reach 19 years of age, and we can help you take action against the manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies that profited from this crisis. We encourage you to reach out today and share your story with us.