Zoloft Lawyers Reviewing Birth Defect Cases
The Zoloft lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for children born with birth defects or malformations that may have been caused by use of the SSRI antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy.
Zoloft side effects may increase the risk that babies are born with serious and potentially life-threatning health problems, including:
- Heart Defects
- Spina Bifida
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN)
- Lung Defects
- Abdominal Defects
- Cranial Defects
ZOLOFT BIRTH MALFORMATIONS AND DEFECTS
Zoloft (sertraline) is a second generation antidepressant that is made by Pfizer, which is part of a class of medications known as SSRI antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Generic Zoloft equivalents are also available from a number of drug makers.
Use of the antidepressant during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN) from Zoloft, as well as other birth malformations and defects, such as:
- Septal Heart Defects
- Hypoplastic Left or Right Heart Syndrome
- Craniosynostosis (Skull Malformation)
- Anencephaly (Neural Tube Defect)
- Omphalocele (Abdominal Defect)
- Spina Bifida
- Tetralology of the Fallot
- Transposition of the Great Arteries
- PPHN or Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension for Newborns
- Infant Death
Through a Zoloft lawsuit, benefits and compensation may be available for families and children who have suffered a birth defect or malformation that may have been prevented if adequate warnings had been provided about the risk of Zoloft problems for babies.
According to allegations raised in lawsuits over Zoloft, the drug makers failed to adequately research the effect of the medication when used during pregnancy and did not provide warnings to consumers or the medical community that Zoloft during pregnancy may leave children with serious and potentially fatal health problems.
Although Zoloft is classified as a Category C drug during pregnancy, which means that it has the potential to harm the unborn fetus, particularly when used during the third trimester, some experts have suggested that the Zoloft pregnancy risk justifies a Category D classification. Category D is a more serious warning for doctors and patients, used for drugs where there is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the risk does not call for a Zoloft recall because potential benefits may still warrant use of the drug by some pregnant women.
ZOLOFT CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT LAWYERS
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Zoloft class action lawsuits and individual Zoloft birth injury suits for families of children born with these health problems. Compensation may be available through a lawsuit for Zoloft as a result of the drug makers’ decision to place their desire for profits before the safety of consumers and their children.
Cases are reviewed by our Zoloft attorneys on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no out of pocket expenses and we receive no fee unless we win and obtain compensation for the Zoloft birth malformation or defect. It is important that families review any potential Zoloft suit for their child as early as possible, as every claim does have a statute of limitations, which may require that a complaint be filed by a certain date.