You could be in line to collect a generous payment from the maker of Zoloft if you took it while pregnant and your child suffered a birth defect
Some children die in infancy; the reasons why are many. However, in the United States, approximately 20 percent of infant deaths are traceable to birth defects.
One source of birth defects is the drug Zoloft, also known as sertraline hydrochloride, prescribed to pregnant women since 1992 for treatment of deep depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and social anxiety disorder (roughly 1 in 10 pregnant women and new mothers suffer these conditions).
The problems linked to Zoloft
Septal heart defects (holes in the interior wall of the heart). Researchers say septal heart defects are most common among women taking Zoloft and other antidepressants during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Omphalocele (intestine or abdominal organs protruding from the naval). Government studies indicate that the incidence of omphalocele is doubled or even tripled by Zoloft and other anti-depressants like it.
Anal atresia (missing or blocked anus). The condition is correctable with surgery, but still can afflict the young patient with incontinence, constipation, intestinal blockage and any number of quality-of-life issues.
Limb reduction defects (failure of an arm or leg to fully form). Motor-skill development difficulties and social anxiety are among the problems spurred by this condition.
You may be entitled to compensation.
No parent should be subjected to the anguish of seeing his or her child arrive in the world bearing birth defects. Worse, no parent should endure the torment of watching his or her child die of birth defects – especially those caused by the use of an unacceptably risky medication.
To see how much compensation you might be entitled to receive from the maker of Zoloft, contact Weitz & Luxenberg’s Zoloft birth-defects attorneys: Complete the easy form at right (filling it out commits you to nothing), then click “submit.” We will respond promptly.