According to ABCActionNews.com, approximately one baby per hour is born with symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, can occur after birth if a baby has been exposed to opiate painkillers while in the womb. When your baby suffers because of the negligence of medical personnel in Kentucky, you may have grounds for a claim.
Dr. Aimee Bohn, a pediatrician at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg, says she has seen a number of babies born with NAS in eastern Kentucky, an area known for prescription drug abuse.
Babies that experience withdrawal from pain killers spend an average of 16 days in the hospital. The symptoms of NAS may include the following:
- low birth weight;
- respiratory issues;
- feeding problems; and
While NAS can be caused by abusing prescription pain killers, women who have been prescribed these medications by a doctor should speak to a lawyer if their child sustained birth injuries due to their use. Medical expenses to treat NAS can be high, and may be covered if medical negligence is proven through an injury claim.
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