Welcome to 2013 and to Birth Defect Prevention Month. Every 4.5 seconds a child is born with a birth defect. Many factors play a role in the development of birth defects, some of which are preventable and some of which are not.
Healthy weight and lifestyle, proper diet and limited exposure to chemicals all play a role in birth defect prevention. In addition, women should consult with their physicians about any prescription medications they plan to take during pregnancy. While some medications are safe, others increase the risk of birth defects.
Unfortunately, there are some occasions when women are told a medication is safe when it is not. Mothers who took Zoloft, a product of the drug company Pfizer, and other anti-depressants like Paxil, Celexa or Prozac while pregnant unknowingly put their unborn child at risk of birth defects. Now many are coming forward to demand compensation for the damage done to their children. The Zoloft multi-district litigation (MDL) now has over 250 cases filed by affected families, with more added each week.
Families Fight for Justice
A Pennsylvania couple filed a lawsuit in October 2012. Their daughter was born with a hole in her heart known as a ventricular septal defect. The little girl faces surgery and has already required screening, medication and extensive testing.
A grandmother in Florida filed a lawsuit the following month on behalf of her daughter and grandchild, who was born with supraventricular tachycardia and club foot.
A mother in Oregon filed her lawsuit in December after her daughter was born with severe congenital defects including atrial septal defect, congenital atresia and stenosis of the large intestine and rectum. Multiple surgeries have already been performed and she will require lifelong treatment.
The mothers of these children — and thousands more — were all told Zoloft was safe to use while pregnant. Several studies have since shown otherwise. Pfizer should have known this and made this information available to mothers so they could have made an educated decision as to what was best for their child.
Join the Fight
The first trials for the Zoloft MDL, known as bellwether trials, are to take place in September 2014. If you took Zoloft or another prescription medication while pregnant and your child was born with a birth defect, please contact us for more information on how you can seek the compensation you deserve.