If your newborn suffered persistent pulmonary hypertension, you may have a valid medical malpractice lawsuit. This condition occurs when a newborn’s circulatory transition after birth does not develop as it should. In layman’s terms, there is an issue with the vessels that take blood to the lungs to get oxygen and then travel to the brain and other organs. This can cause pulmonary hypertension, low oxygen levels in the blood, and other issues.
A persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) birth injury lawyer at Newsome | Melton can help you hold the obstetrician, midwife, medical staff, or facility liable for your child’s injury and recover the damages you deserve. Our team fights for the rights of medical malpractice victims. We have many tools and resources to use in your case and are eager to get to work for you.
For a free consultation, call us at 888-526-8947.
PPRN and Medical Malpractice
PPRN can happen for a number of reasons, but it most often occurs after a period of perinatal distress. During a complicated delivery, the doctor and medical staff have a duty to exercise diligence and be vigilant in looking out for any number of complications that may arise.
If a doctor or staff member makes an error or oversight that either leads to PPRN or prevents your child from receiving timely treatment for this condition, they may be liable for malpractice.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of PPRN are as follows:
- Respiratory distress
- Respiratory acidosis
- A single second heart sound or systolic murmur
- Symptoms of shock
- Low Apgar scores
- Meconium staining
- Poor cardiac function
- Low blood pressure
- Blue coloring of the lips, hands or feet
The attending physician should be able to recognize these symptoms emerging during or immediately after childbirth (or, in rare cases, before). Once the doctor diagnoses a newborn with PPRN, they have several treatment options depending on the specific circumstances, including:
- Correcting abnormalities in electrolytes or glucose
- Mechanical ventilation (i.e., breathing tube)
Regardless of the circumstances of your child’s PPRN, a high chance exists that the doctor, a member of the doctor’s staff, or the facility where the birth took place was at least partially responsible. The Newsome | Melton team can investigate and collect evidence to identify exactly who was responsible and hold them accountable for damages.
To schedule a free case evaluation today with a member of our team, call us at 888-526-8947.
Newsome | Melton Can Build a Strong Medical Malpractice Case to Recover Compensation for Your Baby’s PPRN
A persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) birth injury lawyer can help you hold liable the person, persons, or facility that caused or contributed to your child’s development of PPRN. Our team has a substantial track record of recovering medical malpractice damages for our clients. We put a special focus on parents whose newborns suffered injuries during childbirth.
The Newsome | Melton team understands the various components that make up a successful medical malpractice case. To recover damages, we need to prove the following four items:
- The responsible party had a duty of care to you.
- The responsible party did not uphold their duty of care.
- You or your child suffered injuries because of the responsible party’s failure.
- You incurred damages because of your child’s injury.
Duty of Care
The first thing we must show is that the responsible party had a duty of uphold their industry’s standard of care. If the party is a doctor, a duty of care is implied as long as you had an active doctor-patient relationship. If the party is a nurse, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or another member of the doctor’s staff, then they also owed you a duty of care by virtue of working for the attendant physician.
The medical facility itself may also bear liability as it has an implied duty of care to any patient it admits for treatment.
Failure to Uphold Duty
The second thing a persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) birth injury lawyer must demonstrate is that the responsible party breached the standard of care. To show this, we can compare the party’s actions to those expected of a reasonable person. In other words, would another person in the same position have taken a different action that would likely have led to a better outcome?
Third, we have to show that the responsible party’s failure to uphold their duty led to the injuries your child suffered. We draw on extensive evidence to make this case, including your child’s medical records, lab test results, and statements from other medical professionals.
Finally, we must list the damages, both economic and noneconomic, that you incurred because of your child’s injuries.
The Newsome | Melton team can start this process right away. We will fight for the damages you and your child deserve. For a free case evaluation, call us at 888-526-8947.
How Much Your Medical Malpractice Case May Be Worth
Many prospective clients want to know what their medical malpractice case might be worth. We cannot estimate a dollar figure without looking into your child’s injury and the circumstances surrounding it.
We can tell you, though, that we have represented many other clients in situations similar to yours, and we have helped those clients recover the following damages and more:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost time at work
- Pain and suffering
- Prescription medication
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional anguish
The Statute of Limitations on PPRN Medical Malpractice Cases
Every state has a statute of limitations on medical malpractice. This time limit could be anywhere from a year to several years, and it may have a number of exceptions and caveats attached. A lawyer can make you aware of any looming deadlines that could affect your case, so take action right away. Call Newsome | Melton at 888-526-8947 for a free case evaluation.
To See How a Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPRN) Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help, Call 888-526-8947 Today
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