Pharmaceutical Birth Defect Attorneys
The majority of birth defects happen before a baby is born, mostly within the first three (3) months of pregnancy, the first trimester, when the organs of the baby are developing and beginning to form. This first trimester of pregnancy is by far the most important stage of development for a baby. Most expecting mothers are keenly aware that environmental factors, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, not getting enough folic acid or a mother’s illness during this time may affect the baby’s well being. However, many pregnant women are completely unaware that many prescription medications, if used in the first trimester, can also cause congenital birth defects in a newborn. In fact, between two percent (2%) and ten percent (10%) of all birth defects are the direct result of the baby’s mother taking medications during pregnancy.
If you or a loved one took prescription or over-the-counter drugs while pregnant and gave birth to a child with congenital birth defects, our congenital birth defect lawyers may be able to help you and your family recover substantial compensation from the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the medication.
Our experienced pharmaceutical birth defect lawyers are holding greedy pharmaceutical companies accountable for their inexcusable decisions to underplay the substantially increased risk of birth defects like spina bifida, cleft palate, limb malformations, heart defects and other birth defects associated with their drugs. We represent every congenital birth defect lawsuit client on a contingent fee basis, meaning there are absolutely no legal fees or costs unless you recover money.
Congenital Birth Defect Causes
Antidepressant Drugs that Cause Birth Defects
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor drugs, also known as SSRI drugs, and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors, commonly referred to as SNRI dugs, have both been linked to birth defects in children born to mothers taking these antidepressants while pregnant. These drugs are typically prescribed to treat depression, anxiety disorders and personality disorders.
Anti-seizure, Migraine and Bi-Polar Drugs Linked to Birth Defects
Anticonvulsant drugs, also known as anti-seizure or anti-epileptic (AED) medications have also been linked to birth defects in babies born to mothers using these anticonvulsant drugs during pregnancy. Although these drugs are most often prescribed to treat patients with epilepsy or another seizure related disorder, they are also commonly prescribed to prevent migraines and as a mood stabilizer to treat patients with bipolar disorders. Other times these anticonvulsant drugs are prescribed by doctors for off-label uses to treat patients suffering from anxiety disorders, alcoholism or even as a weight loss drug.
Teratogenic medications our birth defect lawyers are most concerned with include:
Celexa ® (citalopram)
Depakote® (divalproex sodium)
Dilantin ® (phenytoin)
Zoloft® (sertraline hydrochloride)
Birth Defects caused by Dangerous Teratogenic Medications Include:
Neural Tube Defects
Contact an Experienced Birth Defect Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered from a birth defect and suspect it may be linked to the use of a pharmaceutical medication during pregnancy, please call us right away to speak with an experienced pharmaceutical birth defect lawyer who specializes in defective pharmaceutical litigation and dangerous drug side effect lawsuits. We can help you and your family to get the justice and compensation you need and deserve.