Plaintiffs Injured by Zoloft Join Cases in MDL
Hundreds of people in the U.S. have filed a lawsuit alleging that Zoloft taken by a mother as prescribed during pregnancy can lead to harmful birth defects in the newborn. Zoloft litigation currently pending in state and federal courts is expected to grow.
A Zoloft multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been assigned to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in an effort to manage the multitude of cases filed by Zoloft lawyers representing injured plaintiffs. MDLs are designed to address lawsuits filed by multiple plaintiffs against a defendant for similar reasons.
Each Zoloft birth defects lawsuit that’s part of the MDL will be overseen by U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe. She has ordered a status conference regarding the MDL for July 12, 2012. The MDL was created April 17, 2012.
Zoloft litigation centers around failure to warn
Zoloft is a medication used to treat symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. While Zoloft side effects go beyond birth defects, Zoloft litigation frequently centers around alleged birth defects.
Zoloft litigation claims a number of birth defects caused by the antidepressant, including atrial septal defects (ASD), ventricular septal defects (VSD), persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (Zoloft PPHN), heart defects, craniosynostosis, and omphalocele.
A plaintiff in a Zoloft birth defects lawsuit may accuse Pfizer of failing to warn them about the risk of birth defects. Plaintiffs may also allege that the company manipulated statistics to “suggest widespread acceptability” of the drug while also concealing or downplaying known side effects. Accusations about Pfizer’s alleged continued failure to address these side effects and dangers may also be contained in a lawsuit complaint.
Plaintiffs in Zoloft litigation seek financial compensation for emotional, physical, and financial hardships experienced as a result of birth defects and related injuries.
Filing a Zoloft birth defects lawsuit
Experienced Zoloft lawyers have advised potential plaintiffs who believe their child may have suffered because of exposure to Zoloft in the womb. Typically, an attorney will need to know the nature of the injuries, how long the mother took Zoloft, and when the injury was diagnosed.