Basically since Zoloft was released, it has been prescribed for women to treat their depression. Their physicians informed them that it was perfectly fine for them to continue taking it while they were pregnant despite the findings of a study published in 2007 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that there was, indeed, a connection between the SSRI class of medication and birth defects. Many of the women taking the medication ended up giving birth to children with birth defects.
Since that time, there have been many lawsuits that have been filed against the manufacturer of Zoloft, Pfizer, on behalf of women who took this drug while pregnant and gave birth to children with birth defects. Following are the answers to some of the questions that are asked most often regarding the Zoloft lawsuits. If, after reading through these questions and answers, you feel like you have a case, contact an attorney for a case evaluation. Most of the time, an attorney will review your case for free- and you won’t pay anything unless you win your case.
What is Zoloft?
Zoloft is one of the most popular antidepressant drugs, manufactured and sold by Pfizer since 1991. It is an SSRI, which works by altering the levels specific neurotransmitters in the brain by blocking the re-absorption of serotonin. However, in recent years, studies have proven that SSRIs such as Zoloft can actually increase the risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy.
Are generic versions available?
Yes, there are generic versions of this drug available. Both the name brand and the generic versions can increase the risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy. However, recently the Supreme Court eliminated the rights of a patient to recover any damages that were caused by using a generic form of the medication.
What are some side effects of Zoloft?
In early clinical trials, there were several common side effects caused by Zoloft, including dry mouth, constipation, diarrhea, decreased sexual desire/ability, loss of appetite, nervousness, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, difficulty sleeping, and vomiting.
More recent studies have shown that taking Zoloft while pregnant can significantly increase the risk of serious birth defects such as heart defects, lung defects, abdominal defects, brain/spinal defects, cleft palates, and club foot.
Below is a video from a Zoloft user about her experience with side effects:
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the FDA, and many other resources, SSRI drugs, such as Zoloft are related to severe birth defects.
Can I file a lawsuit for my child’s Zoloft-related birth defects?
Yes- if you have taken Zoloft during your pregnancy and your child was born with specific birth defects, you can file a lawsuit. There have been thousands of lawsuits filed and settlements of over $1 million have been awarded for those who were affected.
What is the time limit on filing a Zoloft lawsuit?
In cases such as this, the statute of limitations will vary from state to state. A statute of limitation is defined as the amount of time you have to file a claim before your rights expire. Due to the fact that Zoloft lawsuits are filed on behalf of the child, the statute of limitations is typically extended. On the other hand, if your child died as a result of Zoloft, your rights may expire within a few years of the date of death. It is very important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to find out exactly how much time you have to file your claim.
Does filing a Zoloft lawsuit cost anything?
Most attorneys will represent you in a Zoloft lawsuit on a contingency basis, if they determine that you really do have a valid case. This means that you will not be required to pay unless the attorney wins your case.
This means that the attorney will pay all legal costs associated with your case, including researching, filing, and any other expenses. Just as with the attorney fees, the amounts will be deducted from your award if you win.
How much are these lawsuits worth?
If your baby was born with birth defects and you were taking Zoloft while you were pregnant, you could be entitled to significant recovery to compensate for their condition. There have been thousands of lawsuits filed on behalf of children who have suffered from birth defects due to SSRI medications such as Zoloft. The specific settlements are confidential, but you should be aware that the amounts have been in excess of $1 million for individuals who have been injured.
Damages in these types of case include the pain and suffering endured by both you and your child, lost wages due to time off work, and both past and future medical costs due to the birth defect that was caused by the Zoloft.
If you have taken Zoloft while pregnant and your child has significant birth defects, consider contacting a Zoloft lawsuit attorney as soon as possible. As mentioned, there are time limits for filing, so make sure you have your case reviewed and you make a decision before that time runs out. You could be entitled so substantial compensation.