As news spreads about the risks of serious birth defects linked to antidepressant drugs like Paxil, more parents are discovering that taking the drug while pregnant could be the cause of their child’s condition. In most cases, mothers were not warned of the birth risks by the drug manufacturer.
Thousands of those families affected have already taken part in a Paxil settlement for their damages. However, substantial recoveries are still available for those who have yet to file a claim for their child’s condition. It costs nothing to speak with an attorney or file a case.
Paxil originally made headlines when it was related to suicidal thoughts and violent behavior in young adults. More recent studies have linked use of the drug during pregnancy with infant birth defects such as club foot, heart defects, abdominal defects, lung defects, skull deformities, and neural tube defects of the brain and spine.
Since nearly 100 million people have taken Paxil since it was released in 1992, experts fear that millions of children may have suffered birth defects without their families knowing that the drug is the cause or that a Paxil settlement is available.
If you gave birth to a child with birth defects after taking Paxil, it is important to learn about your legal options for their condition. Attorneys are helping those who have been affected, however, the time to file a claim is limited.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs like Paxil are meant to raise mood levels by altering the amounts of neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain to block the re-absorption of serotonin. However, some experts believe they may also disrupt the critical early fetal development stages during pregnancy.
The prognosis from these birth defects can vary from minor conditions that are corrected within a year of birth to severe disorders that can cause early infant death or lifelong physical and mental disorders.
Either way, your family should not bear the burden of medical expenses, lost time from work or the pain of seeing a child suffer without help simply because of the negligence of a drug company. A Paxil settlement can help your child and family recover, even if their birth defect has been corrected.
Reports indicate GlaxoSmithKline has paid nearly $1 billion to defend or settle over 5,000 lawsuits for the side effects of Paxil. A Bloomberg article estimated the average recovery for birth defect claims in a recent Paxil settlement to be $1.2 million per case.
Every lawsuit has a different value and a different Statute of Limitations, or expiration period on how long you have to take action. It is important to discuss these issues as well as how long it may take to recover for your child with a qualified attorney.
Companies are liable for the damages caused by dangerous or defective products, and prescription drugs are no different. An attorney can explain how the maker of Paxil may have known of the risks, but has continued to earn billions selling it regardless.
Attorneys with the Paxil Litigation Group have filed thousands of drug injury claims for children and families and recovered millions for birth defects caused by SSRI drugs like Paxil. They are available to discuss your case today and can make sure you receive the maximum possible settlement for your child.
Defective drug cases are complicated, expensive and time consuming legal matters. Powerful drug companies know the difference between highly qualified attorneys who are prepared to fight these cases and law firms who just advertise on television in the hopes of settling hundreds of cases for cheap.
Before you choose an attorney, make sure their firm has a proven record of fighting large drug companies and the resources necessary to pursue your case.
At the Paxil Center, we work with only the top defective drug attorneys and firms in the country to make sure your case is handled properly and you recover quickly.
Contact us today to discuss your case and whether you may be eligible for a substantial settlement. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and provide help.