If you or a loved one has given birth to a child with birth defects after using an anti-depressant medication, you may be eligible to obtain monetary compensation for your family’s damages. Intent on raising awareness about the devastating consequences of corporate negligence and on protecting the rights of victimized families, our California defective drug lawyers are prepared to evaluate your case and chart the potential merits of your anti-depressant birth defect lawsuit.
As stigmas surrounding the use of medications to treat mental ailments and conditions have virtually crumbled in recent years, America has witnessed unprecedented rates in the use of anti-depressant medications. According to several studies, a little more than one out of every 10 Americans takes anti-depressant medications. Although used primarily to treat depression, these drugs are also used in the treatment of other conditions, such as anxiety disorders. Despite being hailed as miracle drugs with many proven benefits, there are still significant dangers and risks patients face, oftentimes unknowingly. One of the most alarming dangers is the increased risk of birth defects.
Birth Control Medications and Increased Birth Defect Risks
The FDA has recognized that exposure to certain anti-depressants during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of birth defects. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of anti-depressants considered to significantly increase the risk of serious birth defects, such as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. SSRIs commonly associated with birth defects include:
Devastating in any form, birth defects can result in considerable emotional trauma and a lifetime of costly medical treatment. Common birth defects associated with SSRIs and other types of anti-depressants include ophalocele, various heart and lung defects, club foot, spina bifida, brain damage, undeveloped limbs, craniosynotosis and others.
Work with Attorneys Who Care
While our legal team uses our collective experience, legal knowledge and resources to secure the most favorable results during anti-depressant birth defect lawsuits, we also make client-focused support a priority. This means that should you choose to work with our proven and highly regarded California lawyers during your legal journey, you are sure to receive compassionate assistance throughout every step of the process. Additionally, you can take comfort knowing that our team leaves nothing behind when preparing your case and fighting on your behalf in court. Contact The Senators Firm today.