Since the New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 2007 documenting the connection between antidepressants in the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) class of drugs and birth defects in children born to women who took them while pregnant, there has been a significant increase in the number of lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of these drugs. One of the more popular SSRIs prescribed for depression is Zoloft.
Many women who were being treated for depression prior to becoming pregnant were told by their physicians that it was safe to continue taking the medication while pregnant, since it was deemed beneficial for both mother and child to control symptoms of depression during pregnancy.
Unfortunately, some of those women gave birth to children with various birth defects, which lead them to begin filing lawsuits.
Babies Could Be Born With a Variety of Birth Defects
Zoloft has been associated with a wide range of birth defects. Some of the more common defects include persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), a condition characterized by abnormally high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, veins or capillaries. Babies born with this disorder experience shortness of breath and fatigue; PPHN is considered a very serious condition, and—if left untreated—it can prove fatal in just a few years.
Other birth defects associated with Zoloft use during pregnancy can include cleft lip/palate, disorders in the development of a child’s nervous system, clubbed foot, delayed development, head and skull disorders, brain and spinal cord defects and gastrointestinal defects. Additionally, some mothers who take Zoloft while pregnant are at greater risk of experiencing a miscarriage or giving birth prematurely. If an infant is born with no serious Zoloft-related birth defects, he or she could still experience withdrawal symptoms during the first days of life, which is common among babies who are born to mothers taking narcotics or other addictive substances.
RLG Represents Women and Children Injured By Zoloft
If you were prescribed Zoloft while pregnant, took the medication as directed, and gave birth to a child with birth defects that you believe resulted from taking an antidepressant, you have rights as a consumer. The Rottenstein Law Group’s lawyers have over 25 years of collective experience advocating for individuals in consumer product injury cases. They can help you to obtain compensation for pain and suffering and for unforeseen medical costs. And don’t worry about having to pay them. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group don’t collect a fee until you win your lawsuit.
If you are not sure if you have a case, the attorneys at the Rottenstein Law Group can help. For a free consultation with an RLG attorney, please fill out this brief contact form or call 1-877-471-8940.
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