Birth Defect Drug Lawsuit Lawyer
Birth Injuries – Birth Defect Drugs
An increased risk of severe birth defects is associated with the use of many antidepressants by pregnant women, particularly during the first trimester of pregnancy. Contact a birth defect drug lawyer regarding a potential birth defect lawsuit for a free legal consultation if you or someone you love has suffered a birth defect as a result of one of these drugs:
Preserve your Legal Rights
The birth of a child is often the most joyous time in a parent’s life, and thankfully most child deliveries go as smoothly as expected, with any difficulties successfully overcome. Unfortunately, complications can arise during both pregnancy and delivery and these problems may result in temporary or permanent injury to the baby. In situations such as these where the harm was avoidable, it is important that the legal rights of both baby and parent are fully safeguarded. To learn more, email a birth defect drug lawyer.
Obstetric Malpractice and Birth Injury Claims
Contact a birth defect drug lawyer at Matthews & Associates for reliable advice and representation in a lawsuit for birth injury damages resulting from the failure of an obstetrician, anesthesiologist, or nurse to exercise due care during childbirth. To learn more and to contact an attorney, please click here.
Medical malpractice liability arising from birth defects (or injuries) is not limited to medical doctors/obstetricians. Liability can extend to nurses, health care facilities, and others providing health care services to you or your baby. The following will provide you with some information about the liability of potentially responsible parties in a claim for birth defects (or injuries). If your child was injured at birth, consult an attorney to learn your rights to compensation. A lawyer experienced in birth injury litigation can help you learn what your rights are. To learn more and to contact an attorney, please click here.
SSRI Birth Injuries
Women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) — also known as antidepressants — during pregnancy may be at risk for giving birth to babies with birth defects. These drugs are widely prescribed to a large population by medical professionals. SSRI birth defects can be severe and sometimes fatal.
Birth Defects Caused by SSRI Drugs
The following birth defects might occur in the developing child of a woman taking an SSRI medication while pregnant:
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Congenital Heart Defects
- Abdominal Defects
- Cranial Defects
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
A newborn is normally able to breathe air upon delivery because the circulatory system easily adapts to being outside the womb. In a newborn with PPHN, the blood flow bypasses the lungs; so even though the baby is breathing, the oxygen in the inhaled air does not reach the bloodstream.
The New England Journal of Medicine released a case-controlled study of SSRI drugs that revealed a link between SSRI drugs and PPHN. Shortly afterwards, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory addressing the relationship between Zoloft during pregnancy and an increased risk of PPHN.
Congenital Heart Defects
A congenital heart defect is a problem with the structure of the heart of a newborn baby. Congenital heart defects can involve the interior walls of the heart, the valves inside the heart, and the arteries and veins responsible for carrying blood to the heart or the body.
The FDA has warned doctors and women who take SSRI drugs during pregnancy of the dangers associated with SSRI drugs and congenital heart defects.
Abdominal & Cranial Birth Defects
According to the National Birth Defects Prevention Study of infants, women taking SSRI drugs while pregnant are at a greater risk of giving birth to a newborn baby with omphalocle, an abdominal birth defect. Newborns with omphalocle are born with their intestines or other abdominal organs protruding from their navels.
The authors of the abdominal birth defect study also found a relationship between women taking an SSRI drug while pregnant and newborn babies born with craniosynostosis, a cranial birth defect. Newborn babies with craniosynostosis have an abnormally shaped skull.
Contact an SSRI Birth Defect Lawyer
If you or a loved one has given birth to a child with a birth defect after using an SSRI while pregnant, please contact an experienced SSRI birth defect attorney at Matthews & Associates by dialing toll free at 1-888-520-5202 or fill out our contact form for a free legal consultation.