Approximately one in every 1,250 newborns have Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn, or PPHN, according to Stanford Children’s Health.
PPHN prevents infants from getting enough blood flow pumped into their lungs. As a result, the infant does not get enough oxygen to all its body systems. This can lead to life-long health issues or even loss of life.
If your family has suffered from PPHN that you suspect may be caused by medical error or malpractice, you could be entitled to compensation. A Los Angeles Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) lawyer can protect your legal rights and pursue justice for you and your baby.
Please call the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Call (800) 970-4884 to speak with a member of our team.
How Medical Negligence Contributes to PPHN
Medical professionals–including physicians, surgeons, and nurses–have an obligation to uphold accepted health care practices. There are devastating consequences when they deviate or ignore this standard of care, as defined by the National Institutes of Health, particularly when it involves a mother and her newborn.
Medical negligence can take many forms. In our experience, the most common reasons why birth injuries, such as PPHN, occur include:
- Incorrect medication or dosage.
- Incorrect or delayed diagnosis.
- Insufficient prenatal care and medical supervision of at-risk patients.
- Lack of communication among the labor and delivery team.
- Poorly coordinated care before, during, and after delivery.
A Los Angeles Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) lawyer can identify the liable parties who played a role in your baby’s birth injury. Your family did not deserve to suffer from PPHN, and negligent medical providers should be held accountable.
What Our Firm Does
We know that taking legal action is probably the last thing on your mind as you and your family deal with the impact of PPHN. However, California Statute § 340.5 gives you a small window of opportunity to seek compensation. That is why you should call us today for a free case review.
An attorney with the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can take an objective and thorough view of your case, including:
- Free case evaluation at your home, the hospital, or by telephone, whichever is most convenient for you and your family.
- Protect your rights as your legal representative.
- Gather evidence, testimony, and documentation to establish liability.
- Notify the liable parties of our intent to file a lawsuit.
- Negotiate an acceptable settlement or prepare a case for trial.
Our lawyers work on a contingency basis. You do not pay upfront costs. We are paid only if we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
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How We Establish Liability
Our legal team uses evidence to determine liability. A medical malpractice lawsuit depends on showing how your health care provider deviated or ignored accepted medical practices.
These medical practices include:
- Uphold a standard, or duty, of care to take reasonable measures to protect the health and life of a patient.
- Notify the patient of potential risks or complications.
- Adhere to accepted medical practices that another provider would use in a similar situation.
Medical malpractice cases are often resolved through a settlement. Most practitioners and facilities would prefer to avoid the cost and publicity of a trial, especially when it involves an infant.
Who May Be Held Liable
A lawyer with the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can identify all liable parties. Some have a direct responsibility while others may be vicariously liable.
These parties can include:
- Registered nurses
- Hospital administration
In addition, we may find the following liable:
- Birthing centers
- Private practices
- Urgent care facilities
It is not unseemly to hold negligent parties accountable. It is your right to seek compensation and justice for a birth injury that could have been prevented.
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Damages in a PPHN Case
Newborns with PPHN may have long-term health issues, such as developmental delays or cognitive impairment.
Because each PPHN case is different, your damages will be unique to your personal situation.
Our lawyers will evaluate your damages and could pursue recovery for such losses as:
- Medical care and treatment, both current and future
- Hospitalization and specialists
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lifecare costs
Your family may also be entitled to compensation for lost income due to PPHN.
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Risk Factors for PPHN
Some newborns have a greater risk for PPHN.
According to Stanford Children’s Health, these risk factors include:
- Prolonged or difficult labor and delivery
- Birth asphyxia or lack of oxygen
- Full-term babies
- Babies born after their due date
- Infants with heart or lung problems
- Babies with infections, such as pneumonia
There is also evidence that suggests that PPHN is more likely when mothers take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines and selective serotonin receptor inhibitors late in their pregnancy.
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How PPHN Is Diagnosed
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) has distinctive symptoms that help doctors to diagnose the problem.
These symptoms include:
- Infant looks sickly at birth or in the first hour after birth.
- Infant’s lips and skin have a bluish tint (known as cyanosis).
- Infant’s breathing is rapid.
- Infant has a faster than normal heart rate.
- Infant has low blood oxygen levels, even when receiving oxygen.
In addition to these physical symptoms, doctors may order a chest X-ray, blood test, or ultrasound of the heart and lungs.
You Deserve to Know Your Rights
If medical negligence resulted in PPHN, your family could be awarded damages for medical costs and other losses. A Los Angeles Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) lawyer can protect your rights and pursue compensation.
Call the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation at (800) 970-4884.