It goes without saying that pregnant women must be particularly mindful of everything that they put into their bodies when they are expecting. Obviously parents want to do everything in their power to ensure their child is born healthy and does not fall victim to a birth injury or birth defect. Part of the way that parents seek to ensure the well-being of their new addition is by following the advice of doctors and other professionals. Many are specifically trained and compensated to help parents through this process, both when the mother is pregnant and during the birth of the child. Parents cannot be faulted for listening to professional advice. Our Chicago birth injury lawyers know that at time those doctors fail to act reasonably, causing severe harm, and resulting in Illinois birth injury lawsuits.
Unfortunately, negligent medical professionals are not the only ones who occasionally let patients down and cause severe harm. For example, according to About Lawsuits, a new Zoloft wrongful death suit was filed by a family after their infant was born with a heart defect and died shortly after her birth. According to documents filed in the suit, the couple is alleging that the maker of the antidepressant drug Zoloft is responsible for the death of their child. The family alleges that the expectant mother took the drug while pregnant after it was prescribed to her. She claims that the drug led to problems in the baby’s development.
The infant was diagnosed with a string of problems including: Tatralogy of Falot, truncus arteriosus, strial septal defect, confluent branch pulmonary arteries, and several others. In total, the heart developmental problems were too much for the baby to overcome and she died the day after she was born. The family claims that all of those problems were side effects of Zoloft and, that the company knew these birth defects could be caused by the drug.
Court documents filed by the plaintiff states that Pfizer knew about the risks presented by Zoloft when given to expectant mothers. The family claims that the company had data for years which pointed to the dangers presented by the drug but did not to protect the unsuspecting patients who were given the drug. This latest suit is not the first to suggest that Pfizer failed to act appropriately. Many other families have filed similar suits as of late. At the heart of each of them are claims that the large pharmaceutical company did not adequately warn pregnant mothers about the risks.
Zoloft is a popular antidepressant drug that has been in use since the early 1990s to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety. In fact, it remains the most prescribed antidepressant in the country. It is part of a commonly used (and often abused) class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). If you have suspicions that this drug has caused harm to you or a child that suffered a birth injury, be sure to get in touch with a legal professional in your area to discover if it is appropriate to pursue legal action.
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