Your Child’s Birth Defects May Not Have Been Random

When you are about to become a parent, your biggest fear is that your child will not be born healthy. For 1 in every 33 babies born, that fear becomes a reality. But what if there was a way to prevent those birth defects? Aside from maintaining a proper diet, exercising, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, is there more we can do? It turns out there are other causes of birth defects, not all of them are random genetic mutations.

Some Prescription Drugs Cause Birth Defects

There are thousands of prescription drugs out there that help treat a wide variety of issues. Some of them are clearly labeled that you don’t take them during pregnancy. Other drugs, such as Zoloft, failed to warn about those issues until after hundreds, if not thousands, of babies were born with serious birth defects. This has caused pain and suffering for many parents, and spurred a number of Zoloft lawsuits.

Birth Defects Caused by Zoloft

While there are some birth defects that can allow the child to live essentially a normal life (such as oral clefts, commonly called a cleft lip or cleft palate), those still require extensive (and expensive) surgeries to correct. Not to mention the lessened quality of life that the child will experience because he or she goes through life with a highly visible scar.

But many of the other birth defects caused by Zoloft are not as forgiving. A significant number of mothers who used Zoloft during pregnancy have children that are born with defects that end up claiming the life of the child within hours of birth. Those defects include:

Anencephaly – Where the brain fails to develop and often the skull does not even form.

Heart Defects – often referred to as a “hole in the heart” these defects can be corrected, but the surgery is dangerous.

Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) – The risk of this condition, that affects the child’s ability to breathe outside of the womb, is increased 600% when the mother takes Zoloft after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Contact a Dangerous Drug Attorney

If you have used Zoloft during pregnancy, and your child was born with birth defects, you can file a Zoloft lawsuit. Your case against Zoloft will not only help you pay for the medical bills that you incurred, but it will also help to raise awareness that this drug is not safe to use during pregnancy. Your lawsuit can help prevent other parents from going through the same heartache that you have. Contact a dangerous drug attorney today to learn more about filing your Zoloft lawsuit.