Parents whose children were born with heart defects or other congenital birth defects caused by the use of the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive a settlement. Families whose children were born with birth defects linked to Zoloft have already contacted a lawyer about filing a case.
Multiple studies have warned that the use of Zoloft by pregnant women can increase their child’s risk of birth defects. Researchers have found that Zoloft increases the risk of side effects, including heart defects such as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), septal defects, ventricular defects and other heart defects when taken by pregnant women.
These studies also confirmed that the birth defects risk of using Zoloft is present regardless of when the drug is taken during pregnancy. Zoloft increases the likelihood of heart defects or other birth defects no matter whether it is used during the first trimester or during the final weeks of pregnancy.
Zoloft lawsuits filed against the drug’s manufacturer have alleged that the company knew about the risks caused by taking Zoloft while pregnant, but failed to properly warn women or their doctors about the side effects of the drug. The Food and Drug Administration issued a Zoloft warning in 2006 to alert pregnant women about the potential dangers to their child of using the drug.
If you or a loved one used Zoloft while pregnant and gave birth to a child with heart defects such as PPHN, hypoplastic left heart syndrome or other birth defects, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.