Washington Mother Seeks $10 Million in Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuit
On May 31, 2012, a Washington woman filed a $10 million lawsuit on behalf of her son, S.W., who allegedly suffers from birth defects due to Zoloft. The case was originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, but was transferred to the current Zoloft MDL in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on July 18, 2012.
The plaintiff, represented by her Zoloft lawyer, alleges that because of her ingestion of Zoloft during pregnancy, her son was born with serious birth defects. She seeks to hold manufacturer Pfizer liable for failing to warn of the risks, and failing to adequately test the product on pregnant women.
Zoloft lawsuit eligibility
Women who take the antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy and then give birth to a child with birth defects may wonder about their Zoloft lawsuit eligibility. Mothers who can prove that they had overall healthy pregnancies, with little evident cause for birth defects other than their ingestion of the drug, may be the best candidates for successful litigation.
Several studies have shown a potential link between the ingestion of Zoloft during pregnancy and birth defects. A Zoloft lawyer, however, is always best suited to advise women on Zoloft lawsuit eligibility.
Zoloft birth defects lawsuit blames drug for septal heart defect
The Washington plaintiff says in her complaint that she began taking the drug in September 2003, and used it until about April 14, 2004. Her son, S.W. was born in 2004.
According to her Zoloft lawyer, the plaintiff’s son suffered birth defects as a result of his mother’s ingestion of Zoloft during pregnancy. He has a septal heart defect, as well as other severe and personal injuries of a permanent and lasting nature.
The plaintiff says she was unaware of any risks of birth defects associated with Zoloft, as the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings.
Zoloft lawyer notes studies linking Zoloft to heart defects
When considering Zoloft lawsuit eligibility, a lawyer may look at the specific birth defect at issue. In this case, S.W. is reported to suffer a septal heart defect, which results because of a problem during the development of the heart in utero. Also called a “hole in the heart,” a septal heart defect describes a condition in which the inner wall of the heart, called the septum, which typically separates the two sides of the heart, does not develop properly.
A Zoloft lawyer is likely to note scientific studies linking antidepressants like Zoloft with septal heart defects. A 2005 Danish study, for example, found that the use of Zoloft early in pregnancy was associated with a small increased risk for heart defects.
Another study in the July 2011 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that women taking antidepressants during the first trimester were twice as likely to have babies born with septal heart defects.