Some babies are born with life-threatening persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) due to a congenital defect. For others, PPHN is caused by a doctor or nurse’s failure to properly manage a complication that arose during labor and delivery. If you have a child suffering from this condition, an experienced birth injury attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth to find out what went wrong and who may be responsible.
How PPHN Happens
Out of every 1,000 babies born, approximately one or two children will be diagnosed with PPHN. Unlike physical disorders such as Erb’s Palsy where the cause is usually apparent, PPHN can be an exceptionally difficult condition to source. There are many cases where no known cause is identified.
If your child is suffering from severe PPHN and you are looking for answers, a birth injury attorney can help you understand the medical mistakes and risk factors that contribute to PPHN. Any of the following events could be a factor in the development of your child’s PPHN:
- Excessive amount of stress on the child while in utero
- The mother’s untreated diabetes, high blood pressure, or anemia
- Late delivery
- Oxygen deprivation during delivery
- Baby’s pneumonia, anemia, or hypoglycemia
- Infection in mom or baby
- Use of anti-depressants during pregnancy
- Low amniotic fluid or amniotic fluid leak
- Respiratory distress syndrome
- Medication therapy
Finding Answers for Your Family
A birth injury legal team will consult with highly skilled medical specialists whose job it is to uncover the truth about conditions like PPHN. The legal team and medical consultants should be experienced with PPHN and other birth injuries, and excellent at identifying causes of newborn injuries. You should be able to trust their experience and resources to help you find the answers you deserve while you focus on finding your little one the best PPHN treatment available.