Zoloft Birth Defects
Pregnant women who take Zoloft during pregnancy have a higher risk of giving birth to a child with birth defects.
Several studies have found a link between Zoloft and other serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and the risk of birth defects. Thus, a pregnant woman who takes Zoloft or other SSRIs during pregnancy may have a higher risk of delivering a baby with birth defects, including heart problems and lung conditions.
For this reason, mothers whose children were born with birth defects after taking Zoloft (Sertraline) might be entitled to compensation.
If you took Zoloft or other SSRI antidepressants during your pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect, consult with a product liability lawyer to determine if you can sue the drug manufacturer to recover damages.
What Types of Birth Defects are Associated with Zoloft?
Zoloft is one of the most popular antidepressants in the United States. Like other SSRIs, Zoloft (Sertraline) is prescribed to patients diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and certain other mood disorders.
Unfortunately, studies have found that SSRI antidepressants, including Zoloft, can cause birth defects in newborns. Birth defects associated with Zoloft include but are not limited to:
- Lung conditions
- Septal heart defect
- Hole in the heart
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Ventricular and atrial septal defects
- Transposition of the great arteries
- Spina bifida
When Can You Sue for Zoloft Birth Defects?
Hundreds of women across the United States have filed product liability lawsuits against the drug company Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft. Plaintiffs are suing Pfizer because the drug maker failed to warn consumers about the increased risk of birth defects associated with the use of the SSRI antidepressant in pregnant women.
As a result of the manufacturer’s failure to warn, pregnant women were not aware of the heightened risk of giving birth to babies with severe and life-threatening birth defects.
If you were prescribed Zoloft or a similar SSRI antidepressant during your pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect, do not hesitate to contact a product liability lawyer to discuss your options. You may have a right to seek compensation because the drug maker failed to warn you of the possible risk of birth defects.
What Damages Can You Recover for Zoloft Birth Defects?
If you can successfully hold the manufacturer of Zoloft or a similar SSRI antidepressant accountable for your child’s birth defects, you could potentially recover the following types of damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages
Speak with a Boca Raton Product Liability Attorney to Discuss Your Case
If your child was born with side effects and you took Zoloft or other SSRIs during your pregnancy, it is advisable to consult with an attorney to determine if you can sue the drug manufacturer to get compensated for your losses. OurBoca Raton product liability attorneys can help. Speak with our lawyers at Ged Lawyers, LLP, during a free case review. Call 561-995-1966 today.