Zoloft Side Effects Lawsuit
Many women who suffer from clinical depression during pregnancy are treated with Zoloft. Investigations suggest that maternal use of Zoloft (and other SSRIs) during pregnancy may be associated with birth defects. If you took Zoloft during pregnancy and your child was born with Heart Defects, Lung Defects, Cleft Features or other Birth Defects, compensation may be available.
The legal action against Zoloft is structured as a mass tort lawsuit. Unlike class action lawsuits, a mass tort lawsuit treats each claimant (victim) as an individual. What this means to you is that a separate, individual lawsuit against the manufacturer is filed upon your behalf. It is worth noting that settlements in these cases often result in large sums of money being awarded to the claimant; the majority going to you and a much lesser amount to the attorney. Also there is NEVER any upfront payment to the attorney or any out-of-pocket expenses for which you are responsible.
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Zoloft and the Birth Defects It Can Cause
Zoloft is a popular anti-depressant that is often prescribed by psychologists nationwide. The drug belongs to the group of drugs commonly known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). As a member of this group, it too can bring a positive and relaxing shift in your mood. While there were some basic side effects that were previously associated with this drug, it is now evident that it can cause life-altering damage to users in certain cases. If women who are prescribed Zoloft continue to take this drug during pregnancy, their children can be at the risk of severe and even life-threatening birth defects.
Recently, a large number of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of Zoloft by mothers who intend to receive lifetime financial support from the company to be able to provide proper care to their disabled kids. Why? Because supposedly Pfizer withheld information about the birth defects its drug can cause, leading a lot of women and their babies to face dangerous consequences.
It is observed that newborns who are exposed to this drug during the first trimester of pregnancy are at a much higher risk of having birth defects that can turn out to be life altering or fatal for them. There are several different types of birth defects that the use of this drug can lead to, including conditions like heart defects, cleft lips, neural tube defects, and PPHN side effects. This can have a huge impact on the mental and physical development of your kid, causing them and you a great deal of pain and suffering due to no fault of your own.
Neural birth defects can cause the dysfunction and underdevelopment of the child’s brain and spinal cord, which can result in conditions like paralysis, loss of sensation, developmental delays, learning and coordination difficulties, and incontinence. Additionally, your child can have several heart diseases caused due to the unusual structure of their heart and its surrounding blood vessels. Some of these can be life-threatening and may require expensive medical treatments immediately.
For most parents, affording the kind of treatment that children born with these side effects have to go through is not possible, causing them even more anguish and pain. So if you or your loved one has also suffered from such consequences due to the use of Zoloft, it is important to take legal action against the manufacturer for their fault. This will allow you to claim compensation for all the medical bills you need to pay.