SSRI Medications, Including Zoloft, Can Lead to Birth Defects

July 5th, 2016


If you recently gave birth to child that was born with a birth defect, you may be struggling to learn why. Understandably, this can be an emotionally draining experience and the need to search for answers is all too common.  If you were taking medications during your pregnancy, that is a good place to begin your investigation.  As experienced personal injury attorneys, we have helped clients that have suffered harm due to taking SSRI medications while pregnant.  Medications including Zoloft, Effexor, Wellbutrin, and Paxil have all been known to cause birth defects, which is alarming considering how frequently they are prescribed.

Determining Negligence and Proving Your Case

If you think that your child was harmed due to you taking¬†SSRIs¬†during your pregnancy, your first step should be to call our office.¬†¬†Proving negligence is not as easy as it seems. It is not enough to simply say that you were taking the drug. ¬†We need to gather evidence that can demonstrate when you were taking the drug, why it was prescribed, if your doctor gave you the appropriate warnings about not becoming pregnant, or if your doctor informed you that there was an actual risk of birth defects if becoming pregnant while on the drug. Next, we will need to gather evidence from your child’s physician to demonstrate the type of birth defect that they have suffered. Then we can go to work linking the two. It is necessary to do a thorough job of gathering evidence and building a strong case so that you and your child can receive the maximum possible compensation. This is why it is so important to work with an experienced attorney that understands how the legal process works and also understands the complications and¬†risks¬†that are involved with taking¬†SSRIs¬†during pregnancy. We do and we have the investigative resources necessary to build a strong case for your benefit.

Determining the Value of Your Claim

One of the questions we are regularly asked by clients that have taken¬†Zoloft, Effexor,¬†Wellbutrin, and Paxil during pregnancy is “what is my claim worth?”¬†An understandable question, we need more information to provide you with an answer, we need to speak with you directly. ¬†During your consultation, we will ask questions about the birth defect that your child was born with, their medical bills to-date, if they are likely to recover, and what their future medical bills may be. ¬†Your doctor can help to answer many of these. ¬†Next, we will need to know how their birth defect has impacted your life. ¬†For example, if you had to quit your job to take care of your child, you could be entitled to compensation for these lost wages. ¬†We will factor in all details when building a case that maximizes the compensation you and your child can receive. ¬†To discuss your case in further detail, call and schedule a free consultation with the Garmon Law Firm.


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