Thursday, August 26, 2010 - The law firm of Onder, Shelton, O‘Leary & Peterson, national birth defects attorneys headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, wish to inform parents of children born with birth defects that are now as old as 20, 26 in Missouri, that they may be eligible for inclusion in Zoloft birth defect lawsuits if the mother used an antidepressant during pregnancy. Many parents of children born with birth defects have been under the impression that only those children born within the last several years may file a Zoloft birth defects lawsuit. New safety warnings and medical studies published in the last 5 years have shown there to be a link between antidepressant use, including sertraline, which is marketed under the name Zoloft, and birth defects such as congenital heart defects and neural tube birth defects. Neural tube birth defects are those affecting the tissue that grows into the spinal cord and brain, the most common of which is anencephaly, a birth defect that can result in missing portions of the skull, cerebral hemispheres or cerebellum portions of the brain.
The FDA issued a safety warning regarding the increased risk of bearing a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension after the mother used antidepressants during pregnancy in 2006. The New England Journal of Medicine went on to publish the results of another birth defects study on June 28, 2007 (356:2675-2683) showing that SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft (sertraline) may increase the risk of omphalocele, stating ‘significant associations between the use of sertraline and omphalocele‘, a birth defect where the intestine or other abdominal organs protrude from the navel. The firm has received reports of a wide array of birth defects after Zoloft use during the first trimester, including cleft palate, club foot, spina bifida, anal atresia and congenital heart defects.
Zoloft birth defects lawsuits may provide the financial resources necessary for a lifetime of care or pay for expensive medical procedures not yet known that may someday be able to correct some severe birth defects currently thought to be permanent. The Onder Law Firm is offering a free, no obligation consultation to parents of birth defects where they believe the cause may be Zoloft use during the early stages of pregnancy.
The Onder Law Firm welcomes inquiries from law firms in regards to handling or working as co-counsel on claims of serious birth defects stemming from antidepressant use during pregnancy.