The antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine) has been linked to serious birth defects, including heartcomplications, in babies whose mothers took the drug while pregnant. If your baby is suffering from a congenital defect and you were prescribed Paxil during your pregnancy, you may be eligible for financial compensation. To find out if you qualify to file a Paxil birth defect lawsuit, please contact The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C.
Who Should Contact an Attorney?
Any woman who was prescribed Paxil during her pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a congenital defect should consult an attorney about the possibility of filing a claim. While monetary compensation may not reverse the damage that has been done, it can help your child reach the highest quality of life by providing him or her access to the best possible medical care and treatment.
“Damages” in a birth defect lawsuit may include:
- Present and future medical bills
- Costs of specialty treatments such as therapy and assisted care
- Lost wages if you choose to stay home and care for your child
- Emotional pain and suffering
What Types of Birth Defects are Linked to Paxil?
According to the FDA, women who take Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy are at an increased risk for giving birth to babies with heart defects. According to the agency, early results from two studies showed that women who took Paxil in the first three months of pregnancy were one and a half to two times as likely to have a baby with a congenital heart defect as those who took different or no antidepressants.
According to the studies, the most common types of heart defects reported by women who took Paxil during their first trimester were:
- Atrial septal defect – hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart. Complications of this type of heart defect depends on the size of the hole. Small atrial septal defects may never cause problems, whereas larger defects can cause right-sided heart failure, abnormal heart rhythm, shortened life expectancy, increased risk for stroke, pulmonary hypertension and permanent lung damage.
- Ventricular septal defect – hole between the lower chambers of the heart. Babies with small ventricular septal defects may never experience problems. And, although larger defects are treatable, complications may include high blood pressure in the lung arteries (pulmonary hypertension), permanent damage to the lungs, heart failure, stroke, infection and other heart problems.
Paxil belongs to a group of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs), which have been collectively linked to other possible birth defects such as:
- Abnormal muscle tone and suction
- Abdominal wall defects
- Cranial defects
Talk to a Birth Defect Lawyer Today
If your baby is suffering from any type of congenital defect and you took Paxil during your pregnancy, you should speak with an experienced birth defect lawyer to find out if you qualify for financial compensation. At The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C., we serve as advocates for child safety and represent babies and families affected by a range of birth defects.
To find out if and how we can help you, please contact us today.