SSRI Lawyer- Birth Defect Attorney

SSRI Lawyer

What is a SSRI?

SSRI stands for “Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor.” Doctors prescribe SSRIs (antidepressants) for depression, personality, and anxiety disorders. These drugs block a receptor in the brain that absorbs serotonin, which changes a persons’ mood and behavior. Some of the most common SSRI drugs are:

  • Paxil
  • Zoloft
  • Prozac
  • Celexa
  • Luvox
  • Lexapro
  • Viibryd

Adverse Health Risks with SSRI’s: Birth Defects

The National Birth Defects Prevention Study (funded by the Centers for Disease Control) reported birth defects connected to the use of SSRI drugs. In addition, the New England Journal of Medicine has published numerous articles detailing birth defects associated with these drugs. The noted birth defects mainly affected the heart of newborn babies as well as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), which makes it difficult for a newborn baby to breathe after birth.

The following heart defects are associated with SSRI drugs:

  • Septal defect (atrial and ventricular): Atrial septal defects (ASD) allows blood flow between the right and left atria because of a hole. Ventricular septal defects (VSD) describes a hole(s) between the right and left ventricals of the heart.
  • Hypoplastic right heart syndrome: A condition where the right atrium and right ventricle are not fully developed.
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome: A condition where the left atrium and right ventricle are not fully developed.
  • Tetrology of Fallot: This is a condition that results in low levels of oxygen in the blood due to the combining of oxygenated and non-oxygenated blood in the left ventricle and circulation through the aorta rather than the pulmonary valve (where highly oxygenated blood would normally flow).

The following birth defects may also be associated with SSRI drugs:

  • Spina Bifida (Myelomeningocele): This is a birth defect where the back bone and spinal canal do not close prior to birth, resulting in an incomplete spinal canal.
  • Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate: This is a birth defect of the upper lip and roof of the mouth.
  • Club Feet (congenital talipes equinovarus or CTEV): This is a birth defect where one or more feet are internally rotated at the ankle.

SSRI Claim

If you have a child that was born with a birth defect, and the mother was taking an SSRI during pregnancy, we can make a SSRI claim for your child. Additionally, we are handing wrongful claims on behalf of family members where a loved one committed suicide after taking an SSRI and can assist with those SSRI claims as well.

SSRI Lawsuit

To determine if you may file a SSRI lawsuit, contact one of our SSRI lawyers today for a free legal consultation. Before an SSRI lawsuit can be filed, it must be determined what SSRI medication caused your damages. Depending upon that, we can then determine where your SSRI lawsuit needs to be filed.

SSRI Compensation

Compensation for a SSRI birth defect case may include:

  • Past medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses, including reconstructive plastic surgery
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain
  • Suffering
  • Loss of wages or earning capacity

Compensation for a SSRI suicide case may include:

  • Loss of support (income) from the decedent
  • Loss of emotional support, society, companionship, training, and guidance
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of consortium of a spouse

Our SSRI Lawyers

Our SSRI lawyers are handling cases involving birth defects, heart disease and birth defects. Do not delay in contacting an SSRI lawyer about your lawsuit. The statute of limitations may bar your lawsuit if you do not timely file it with the correct court.

Our attorneys handle SSRI cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning if we are not successful on your case, we earn no attorneys’ fee. And, unlike other law firms, our contract specifically states we pay for all costs and will never pass those on to you unless we obtain a favorable settlement or win your case.

If you or a loved one have questions for our medical lawyers, please call us at 800-MED-LAWS or fill out a free case evaluation form.