For an expectant mother, there are few things more alarming than the idea that her unborn child may be injured in one way or another. But no matter how vigilant a mother is about ensuring that everything is done right during a pregnancy, if she is sick and ordered to take a medication by her trusted doctor, she will likely do it. But occasionally, the medications she is prescribed can hurt her baby.
Such is the case with many women who are now suing manufacturers of the modern anti-depressants known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs.
There have only recently been certain tests that suggest that there may be a correlation between certain birth defects and these medicines. As such, there were no warning signs to indicate that it may be dangerous for an expectant mother to take such a drug.
The most common birth defect seen in women who have been taking certain SSRIs is persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, or PPHN. Babies can easily die of this condition or experience serious organ damage.
Mothers who have children that have been affected by SSRI use while pregnant have the right to fight back against the drug companies that manufacture these anti-depressants.
If you or someone you know had a child born with a side-effect which you believe was related to SSRI use, contact the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (920) 459-8000 to find out more about your legal options.