Alabama Birth Defect Trial Attorneys
The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC represents individuals and families that are seriously injured by a defective products. We handle pharmaceutical cases that have injured users in a variety of ways. In every lawsuit to date, the pharmaceutical company either knew or should have known that their product had a strong likelihood that it would cause injury to a significant percentage of the users.
In many of the classes of drugs listed below, there have been studies published around the world linking the medication to birth defects; however, the pharmaceutical giants that manufacture and sell prescription drugs in the United States have ignored the evidence. The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC have been screening, filing, and prosecuting claims for birth defects against big pharma to compensate our clients and effect change. If your child was borth with a birth defect and you took any of the drugs listed below during pregnancy, let us know if we can help you and your child too.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) Linked to Birth Defects
Recent studies have shown that using of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) while pregnant increases the risk of birth defects. The birth defects associated with SSRIs include persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN—previously called primary pulmonary hypertension of the newborn) and other lung and heart problems.
- Normud (discontinued)
- Fluctin (EUR)
- Fluox (NZ)
- Depress (UZB)
- Lovan (AUS)
- Upstene (discontinued)
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are used as antidepressants. Drugs included in the SSRI class are:
Similar to SSRIs are serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs, like:
In addition to side effects like akathisia, some studies, including one published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have linked SSRIs to serious birth defects, including persistent pulmonary hypertensionof the newborn (PPHN). The study found that women who took SSRIs during their third trimester were six times more likely to deliver babies born with PPHN—or to have babies that would develop primary pulmonary hypertension—than women who did not take SSRIs during their third trimester.
The following symptoms may indicate PPHN:
- Rapid Breathing
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Difficulty Breathing
- Bluish Skin
- Heart Murmurs
- Low Blood Oxygen Levels
PPHN is a very serious birth defect, and even with treatment a child suffering from PPHN may experience shock, heart failure, brain hemorrhage, seizures, kidney failure, organ damage and even death. Infants who survive PPHN may have long-term breathing difficulties, seizures, developmental disorders and hearing loss. Another study showed that mothers who took antidepressants during pregnancy gave birth to children who experienced withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, tremors, gastrointestinal problems and sleep disturbances.
Alabama Birth Defect Lawsuits and Legal Representation
The defective drug birth defect lawyers at The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC have a proven track record of success in helping our clients obtain compensation for injuries resulting from defective products like pharmaceutical drugs. Our experienced team of legal professionals and Alabama Birth Defect Injury Lawyers have been helping victims of defective products for years. We are dedicated to achieving real justice for our clients and we can assure you that, if we accept your case, we will work diligently to achieve the best result possible for you.
Contact Alabama Birth Defect Law Firm
Filing a defective drug birth defect lawsuit can help victims and their families affected by the defective product recover the financial compensation necessary to pay for expensive treatment and long term care.
Do not wait another day and risk losing your claim.
Alabama Birth Defect Statute of Limitations
Alabama has a two year statute of limitations on filing certain product liability and personal injury claims. It takes time to acquire medical records, employment records, and draft pleadings, so please do not delay in contacting us if you have any concern that your baby's birth defect injury may have been caused by a defective pharmaceutical drug.