Avoidable birth defects are one of the most devastating problems that can occur to a family and a new baby. Parents who should be celebrating the birth of a new child, are often caught off guard when their child is born with severe disabilities and often do not realize that someone may be responsible for the birth injury or defect including drug manufacturers that hid information about medications that can cause birth defects. The family is typically busy taking care of the child with the serious health problems and often does not know that the birth defect was preventable. When they discover the probable cause of the preventable birth defect they are often filled with anger and rage. To find out that their child will have permanent health problems or that they lost their baby because a drug company hid research and did not provide an adequate warning of a product's safety can be extremely difficult
If you believe that your child has suffered a birth defect or birth injury as a result of a defective drug, medication, or product, contact Austin Texas Birth Injury Lawyer Jason Coomer for a free review of your Texas Birth Injury Claim or Texas Birth Defect Claims or use our online submission form.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants
Birth Defect Claims
Some medications that have been linked to birth defects include Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants (SSRIs). Women that have taken SSRIs after the 20th week of pregnancy have a 6-fold increased risk of having their child develop persistent pulmonary hypertension, a life-threatening lung disorder. Infants with persistent pulmonary hypertension have abnormal blood flow through the heart and lungs and do not get enough oxygen to their bodies and may become very sick or die. For more information on Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressant Birth Defect Claims, please go to our SSRI Birth Defect Claim Information Page.
The SSRIs antidepressants that have been linked to persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) include Paxil by GlaxoSmithKline, Zoloft marketed by Pfizer; Prozac sold by Eli Lilly; Celexa and Lexapro by Forest Laboratories, Effexor marketed by Wyeth, Luvox by Solvay, and the generic makers of these drugs include Barr Pharmaceuticals, Ranbaxy Labs and Genpharm.
Infants born with PPHN often require mechanical assistance to breath and even worse about 10% to 20% of the infants do not survive even when they receive treatment. The PPHN babies that do survive often experience developmental delays, brain abnormalities and hearing loss, experts say.
Other birth defects that have been associated with SSRIs include Anencephaly, a neural tube defect where much of the brain does not develop; Craniosynostosis, an abnormality in which connections of the skull bones close prematurely; and Heart birth defects including septal defects and ventricular defects.
SSRIs have not only been associated to birth defects, but have been associated with increased risk of suicide. For more information on suicide claims from antidepressants, please see our antidepressant suicide claim information page.
Medication Birth Defect Claims
Several medications, products, and drugs have been linked to birth defects. Some of these medication and products have ample warnings that warn pregnant women to avoid taking these products while they are pregnant, however, some manufacturers have hidden the real dangers of their product in order to sell more of their product and value profits over healthy babies. For these manufacturers, they may have short term profits, but over the long term they will suffer for the long term birth defects that they have caused.
Federal and Texas Birth Defect Claims
Federal and Texas Birth Defect Claims are some of the most complicated types of cases in the practice of law. As a Texas birth defect and birth injury lawyer that has handles infant death and stillborn baby claims, I have worked with other Birth Defect Lawyers throughout the United States as well as in Texas including Boston Birth Defect Lawyers, Atlanta Birth Defect Lawyers, Virginia Birth Defect Lawyers, Dallas Birth Defect Lawyers, Houston Birth Defect Lawyers, and other SRRI Birth Defect Lawyers. In working with other birth defect lawyers, we seek compensation from negligent drug companies and other companies that have severely injured or killed infants or mothers through selling dangerous products, medications, and drugs that they should have know were dangerous, but hid significant research in order to sell more product to make a profit.
If you have suffered the loss of your baby or your baby has been born with a significant birth defect, feel free to contact Austin Texas Birth Defect Claim and Birth Injury Claim Attorney, Jason S. Coomer.