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‘Baby addicts’ on the rise in Indiana

Posted on Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 9:28 am by Williams Hart   

A report published in The Herald Bulletin on November 19 states that the number of drug dependent babies born in Indiana has recently been surprisingly high.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a condition in which babies demonstrate withdrawal signs and symptoms while being weaned off from addictive drugs their mothers took during pregnancy. Illicit or prescription drugs taken by expecting mothers may pass through the placenta and reach the baby during pregnancy, causing him/her to be ‘addicted’.

The Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, a group of medical and legal experts from Indiana, is concerned the number of babies with NAS in Indiana is reaching an epidemic level.

The task force aims to push a legislative measure that would ensure a more intensive monitoring of pregnant women who are using drugs that can cause NAS. The task force also hopes to create a law that will provide protection to mothers who voluntarily seek medical treatment for their addictions.

Unfortunately, there is a strong link between Zoloft and NAS. If you believe your baby is suffering from withdrawal or other problems because of Zoloft, our lawyers from Williams Hart can help you understand your options for filing a legal claim. Learn more about how we can help by calling (800) 220-9341 today.


6 mothers file lawsuits against Zoloft

Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 1:38 pm by Williams Hart   

At least six mothers recently filed lawsuits in Wayne Circuit Court against drug giant Pfizer Inc. after their babies were born with congenital defects, allegedly caused due to Zoloft use while pregnant.

According to reports, the six plaintiffs were pregnant when they were prescribed  Zoloft by their doctors. In the lawsuits filed by the mothers on October 28, they claim their babies were born with birth defects, like holes in the heart, atrial septal defects, neural tube defects, and craniofacial defects. The lawsuits also claimed that Zoloft is flawed and it should not be on the market as it endangers people’s health.

If your child was harmed by the anti-depressant drug Zoloft while used during pregnancy, it is important to know that the maker of the drug may be held liable for the undue losses you have suffered. Speak with a lawyer from Williams Hart about your options for filing a claim against the company by calling (800) 220-9341.


AG accuses Pfizer over bogus Zoloft scheme

Posted on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at 1:04 pm by Williams Hart   

The Louisiana Attorney General filed a claim on October 21 stating that Pfizer deceitfully marketed the antidepressant Zoloft, resulting in undue reimbursements for the drug from the state’s Medicaid fund.

The lawsuit states that Pfizer failed to make “serious issues” associated with how well Zoloft works and clinical studies that revealed the drug was basically a placebo known by utilizing deceptive advertising, and publishing false and manipulated data in medical journals. The lawsuit further stated that Pfizer suppresses unfavorable results for Zoloft by “manipulating published efficacy data, paying key opinion leaders to bolster Zoloft’s efficacy, and deceptively concealing Zoloft’s inefficacy.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman from Pfizer said its medicine carries “accurate, science-based and FDA-approved” details about its benefits and dangers.

Pfizer currently faces countless lawsuits over claims that Zoloft allegedly has caused birth defects among children born to mothers who took it. If you are a parent who believes your child has suffered due to Zoloft, our lawyers at Williams Hart can help you explore your legal options. Contact us at (800) 220-9341 today for a free case evaluation.


Complications associated with congenital heart defects

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 10:07 am by Williams Hart   

If not detected or treated immediately, congenital heart defects, which are defects in the heart or surrounding blood vessels, may lead to more serious complications. Some of these complications can include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Problems gaining weight
  • Respiratory issues such as pneumonia and other infections
  • Cyanosis, a condition in which blood with rich and poor oxygen mixed together in their heart affects the color of the skin
  • In rare occasions, children with untreated heart defects may have a stroke if the blood clots block the veins in the heart and brain

The lawyers at Williams Hart work to help the families of children who developed congenital heart defects as a result of the use Zoloft during pregnancy. As this drug has been shown to be unreasonably dangerous, its manufacturer may possibly be held responsible for the losses a family sustains Call (800) 220-9341 today to find out how we may be able to help you.


What to expect after craniosynostosis surgery

Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 1:47 pm by Williams Hart   

Since craniosynostosis surgery is a very critical operation that involves surgery on the infant’s skull, extreme care should be followed to ensure a proper recovery and to prevent any other complications from possibly arising.

After the surgery, the infant will have to stay for a couple of days at the hospital or surgical center where he or she can be monitored closely by doctors. Mild pain and swelling around the eyes is commonly experienced after the surgery for a couple of days. To ensure proper development of the skull, the patient will have to undergo a series of check-ups that may be scheduled every six weeks. Once the patient reaches the age of six, they may need to undergo annual check-up.

The legal team at Williams Hart helps people whose children have developed birth defects, such as craniosynostosis, from Zoloft use while pregnant. To learn more about pursuing compensation from the manufacturer responsible for this dangerous drug, talk with a lawyer by calling (800) 220-9341 today.


Repairing omphalocele through surgery

Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 3:40 pm by Williams Hart   

Omphalocele, or the congenital abdominal defect in which internal organs like the intestines and liver are located in a sac outside the abdomen, can only be treated through surgery.

Surgery is needed to place the organs back inside the body where they belong. Depending on the severity of the omphalocele, it can either be fixed right away or will need to be done later in the baby’s life. Typically, the operation will consist of a surgeon sewing a man-made material over the omphalocele, eventually allowing the omphalocele to be pushed back into the stomach.

Unfortunately, omphalocele is one of the many congenital defects  linked to the use of the anti depressant drug Zoloft by pregnant women. If you believe your child has omphalocele due to Zoloft use during pregnancy, contact a lawyer from Williams Hart at (800) 220-9341 to find out how you may seek compensation.


Woman claims her daughter was harmed after using Zoloft

Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 at 2:39 pm by Williams Hart   

A Pennsylvania mother has recently claimed that her unborn daughter developed congenital heart defects after the mother’s use of the antidepressant drug Zoloft. According to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on June 13, the mother is seeking compensation after her unborn daughter developed defects that required surgery to be corrected.

The mother was prescribed and took the anti-depressant drug Zoloft during pregnancy. The plaintiff’s daughter was born with severe heart defects and had to undergo several surgeries before she reached her first birthday. The plaintiff claimed Pfizer did not properly warn the public about the danger of its products.

Sadly, many babies have been born with birth defects due to Zoloft use during pregnancy. Our lawyers at Williams Hart may be able to help these victims and their families obtain just compensation for their losses however. Find out how we can help you by calling (800) 220-9341.

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