Women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft, during pregnancy may have a risk of delivering children with birth defects. Because the manufacturer of these antidepressants may have failed to properly warn patients and doctors about the possible risk of SSRI birth defects, women who took one of these antidepressants during pregnancy and delivered a child with SSRI birth defects may have legal recourse to seek compensation for medical bills and other damages. Families looking to pursue a SSRI birth defects lawsuit for their son or daughter are advised to act quickly, however, as there is a time limit for filing these types of claims. Failure to file a claim within a certain time period will prevent the family from ever taking legal action to seek compensation for their child's SSRI birth defect, regardless of the severity of the injury.
Did you deliver a child with SSRI birth defects after taking Zoloft, Lexapro or another antidepressant during pregnancy? You may be entitled to financial compensation. Fill out our no cost, no obligation case review form to find out if you are eligible.
Since September 2005, reports have alleged that women taking certain antidepressants during pregnancy may be at risk for delivering newborns with SSRI birth defects. In one Danish study, women who took certain antidepressants during pregnancy had a 60% higher chance of delivering children with SSRI heart defects, compared to those who did not take SSRIs while pregnant. SSRI birth defects are not limited to cardiac problems, however, as skull and abdominal problems have also been reported.
The following are among the potential SSRI birth defects which are currently available to be reviewed by our attorneys:
If you delivered a child with birth defects after taking an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy, fill out our free case evaluation form to find out if you can pursue compensation through an SSRI birth defects lawsuit.
SSRI birth defects may require treatment with one or more surgeries, placing a heavy financial burden on the child's parents. In cases of SSRI heart defects, the child may need an initial surgery during their first three years of life, and multiple procedures as they age. While some SSRI birth defects are treatable when diagnosed early, in other cases, the only viable option may involve a heart transplant or other serious procedure.
If your child was born with a SSRI birth defect after taking Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac or Lexapro during pregnancy, an SSRI lawsuit may provide you with compensation for medical procedures and other damages. Several SSRI birth defects lawsuits have already been filed, and women who bore children with SSRI birth defects may still have legal recourse. To find out if you are eligible for an SSRI lawsuit, complete our free case review form today.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to women who took SSRIs during pregnancy, please visit the following pages for specific information on these types of antidepressants.