The most common major birth defects in the United States are congenital heart defects. Although new medical technology has allowed most children born with these defects to continue on to adulthood, congenital heart defects can cause significant challenges to individuals who must undergo treatment beginning in infancy and continue monitoring and treating their condition throughout their life.
What Are Congenital Heart Defects?
Congenital heart defects can be simple and show now symptoms, but they can also be complex and life threatening. Essentially, they are structural defects of the heart that may include the heart valves, the walls of the heart, and any nearby arteries and veins. These structural defects begin during the baby’s development in the womb. At the time of birth, the defects are fully formed and typically require immediate medical procedures to protect the life of the newborn. These deformities of the heart’s structure can cause blood flow to travel in the wrong direction, travel to the wrong place, travel too slowly throughout the body, or become blocked.
Thankfully, congenital heart defects are treatable. However, those who are born with these defects face the responsibility of tracking their heart condition throughout their lives and getting special care when necessary. This can be costly financially and require a great deal of time and energy.
Zoloft and Birth Defects
One risk factor for developing congenital heart defects is Zoloft use in the pregnant mother. Zoloft and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor medications which are used to treat depression have been shown to increase the risk of developing birth defects when taken by pregnant women. Unfortunately, inadequate information has been provided to the public about the dangers of this drug, and many mothers have unknowingly put their children at risk.
If you or a loved one took Zoloft during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with congenital heart defects, you may be eligible to seek compensation from the manufacturer. If this is the case, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney about beginning a Zoloft lawsuit today.