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Legal Help Available as More Mothers Discover Zoloft Link to Birth Defects

El Segundo, CA (PRWEB) April 11, 2012

Although many parents are just now learning about the birth defect risks associated with antidepressant drugs like Zoloft, the research linking these drugs to birth defects has been out for years and lawyers have already helped thousands of families affected file a Zoloft lawsuit.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs like Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa and Lexapro are designed to increase mood levels for a variety of conditions by altering the level of chemical neurotransmitters in the brain. However, they may also disrupt the crucial early stages of fetal development when taken during pregnancy.

Researchers in Europe and the United States have linked these SSRI antidepressants to severe birth defects like club foot, heart defects, lung conditions, brain and spinal defects, skull deformities and abdominal defects.

Some of these conditions can require extensive surgery and treatment for young children, which can have life-changing implications as they grow older. Some can even be fatal.

At the very least, the medical costs, lost time, lost earnings and burden of seeing a child suffer from a serious birth defect can be devastating on a family. Most families don’t know that a drug could be the cause for their child’s condition or that legal help is available.

Zoloft was released by Pfizer, Inc. in 1991 and has become the most popular antidepressant in the world. It is estimated that more than 100 million people have taken the drug and experts fear that millions of children may have suffered birth defects since little warning was given about the risks.

Defective drug specialist lawyers are already helping thousands of those families affected by these drugs but legal experts believe thousands more cases will be filed. The values of these cases could range into the millions, however, every case is unique and has a different value.

It is important to realize that there is no class-action lawsuit for birth defects caused by antidepressant drugs like Zoloft at this time. Therefore, every parent affected must act individually for their child.

Lawyers recommend that anyone who suspects their child may have suffered a birth defect from an antidepressant drug like Zoloft speak with an attorney about their legal options as soon as possible. Every case has a different limitation on the amount of time you have to take action.

Due to the complex nature of these cases, it is also recommended that you only select a lawyer who specializes in drug injury cases and has experience fighting large drug companies. This can make all the difference between a quick recovery and waiting 5-10 years for a lawsuit that never develops. Don’t just trust your child’s future to a television advertisement.

At, information is available on Zoloft side effects and birth defects linked to the drug, as well as symptoms, treatment options and how to find a lawyer who can help your child recover.

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