What makes the matter worse is finding out that your baby's birth injury was caused by a doctor's negligence. Knowing this injury could have been avoided may make you angry, and rightfully so.
When your infant is diagnosed with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN), you may have a case for medical malpractice. This life-threatening birth injury constricts a newborn's arteries in the lungs, which limits the amount of oxygen flowing into the bloodstream.
What Causes PPHN?
PPHN can occur in newborns for various reasons, such as high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and existing diabetes in the expectant mother. However, PPHN is also caused from expectant mothers taking certain medications during pregnancy, such as anti-depressant medications.
Sometimes these medications are taken with the expectant mother's full knowledge of the risks, but other times medications may be prescribed to them without their knowledge of side effects that could cause birth injuries to their newborn.
If a doctor knowingly prescribed certain medications to expectant mothers that led to an infant being diagnosed with a Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension birth injury in Kentucky, they should be held accountable for their actions.
Although this birth injury is rare, it does occur and can be helped if proper treatment is administered to infants immediately following birth.
How We Can Help You
If you believe that PPHN occurred in your newborn due to medications you took while you were pregnant on your doctor's orders, then you may have a legal claim against the negligent doctor.
For more information on this type of Kentucky birth injury and to find out if you have rights to recovery, please call a skilled birth injury attorney in Northern Kentucky at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation legal consultation to answer your questions and to give you more information about your rights. To reach our office, call (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to schedule your appointment today.