Congenital (present at birth) glaucoma is a defect of the eye that occurs when there is an improper development of the eye’s drainage channels (known as trabecular meshwork). Because channels are malformed, fluid that is produced in the eye cannot be drained properly. This leads to high pressure inside the eye (known as intraocular pressure). In the majority of cases, congenital glaucoma occurs in both eyes.
Congenital Glaucoma Causes
Painkillers: The use of opioid painkillers just before or during pregnancy has been shown to increase the likelihood of the baby developing congenital glaucoma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is conducting an ongoing study that links the development of congenital glaucoma to prenatal exposure to opioid painkillers including:
Congenital glaucoma is usually diagnosed at birth or not long after. Surgery is performed to reduce eye pressure inside the eye by allowing a way for the fluid to drain out. There are several surgical procedures the doctor will choose from to relieve this condition.
Your Baby’s Rights
If your baby was born with glaucoma that may have been caused by exposure to opioid painkillers before birth, your family deserves financial compensation. No amount of money will change what happened to your baby. But, compensation will help offset the current and future medical costs. It will also provide for the pain and suffering you and your baby have experienced. Filing a claim will also teach the manufacturers of unsafe medications that it is unacceptable to not warn parents of the risks associated with these drugs, including serious birth defects. Your suit may even prevent other families from suffering as yours has, by forcing the pharmaceutical company to change their drug’s label to warn parents of the potential risks.
You may be eligible for compensation to ease the financial burdens associated with your baby’s injury. Contact us today to set up a free consultation. During, we will listen to you, answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal rights and options. If you choose us to represent you, we will work with you on a contingency fee basis; this means you pay nothing until we have secured compensation for you, either through a jury verdict or settlement.