Was your child born with autism, a birth defect and brain disorder involving problems with repetitive actions, social interactions and verbal and nonverbal communication?
If so, did you know your child’s autism birth defect may be the fault of a defective drug?
When an expectant mother takes an antidepressant such as Zoloft during her pregnancy — especially in the first trimester — the defective drug may trigger autism in her baby. In fact, Zoloft is known to cause a wide variety of Zoloft birth defects, and many are serious, which you may already realize from your own family’s Zoloft experience, or from witnessing a Zoloft TV commercial or Zoloft TV ad offering Zoloft legal help.
Who’s to blame for such Zoloft birth defects? The answer is Pfizer Inc., a giant pharmaceutical corporation which reaps billions in profits while selling some defective drugs — all while innocent American children suffer.
The Zoloft birth defects include autism. In fact, a report by the Archive of General Psychiatry in 2011 determined that Zoloft is linked to a greater risk of a newborn baby having autism. It’s true if the mother used the antidepressant drug during the first three months of her pregnancy.
This conclusion is based on a study of 300 mothers whose babies had the birth defect of autism to some extent, compared to more than 1,500 mothers who were randomly selected. Such a study led to the conclusion that an autism birth defect could arise for the children of women who used an SSRI antidepressant such as Zoloft within one year of being born.
In other words, some women could have a baby with a Zoloft birth defect even if they only took Zoloft shortly before becoming pregnant. And of course, some women who are taking Zoloft become pregnant and don’t realize it — until too late to avoid a birth defect injury. Indeed, the highest risk for Zoloft birth defects appears to be when Zoloft is taken during a pregnancy’s first trimester.
In any case, it’s known that Zoloft usage during pregnancy increases the risk of a baby being born with autism or another antidepressant birth defect injury.
SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft have become popular in recent years, with Zoloft only hitting the market in 1991, just over 20 years ago. Interestingly, autism birth defect cases in the last 20 years have increased by six times as much as in prior years, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has tabulated autism birth defect incidents.
Given the studies linking autism birth defect injuries to Zoloft or other antidepressants, a logical conclusion is that the dramatic increase in autism birth defects in the past 20 years can be traced to expectant mothers using such defective drugs, which entered the market 20 years ago.
Many pregnant women suffer from depression, and depression must be treated. In fact, around 10 percent of all pregnant women face depression, which is a serious medical condition, not just a mood. Such women may be prescribed an antidepressant drug such as Zoloft.
But now we know that Zoloft can heighten the risk of antidepressant birth defects such as autism, as well as injuries to the brain, lungs, heart and other vital organs.
We also know that injured families can seek justice by means of a Zoloft birth defect lawsuit.
Such a defective drug lawsuit can seek financial compensation for a family’s Zoloft birth defect injury losses, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. But a Zoloft birth defect lawsuit also needs a Zoloft lawyer or birth defect lawyer to represent injured families.
If a child in your family suffered from autism after the mother took Zoloft or another antidepressant drug while pregnant, notify our law firm. We can provide you with a Zoloft birth defect lawyer to fight for your legal right to economic recovery with a Zoloft birth defect lawsuit.
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