Did Medication Harm Your Unborn Child?
Birth Injury Attorneys Investigate Prescription Drug Injuries in Pregnant Women and Children
Medications prescribed to pregnant women can have a devastating impact on the health of the mother and child. Prescription medications can lead to birth defects and birth injuries. If your child was born with an injury and you believe it involved a medication you were prescribed, we can investigate the situation for your family at no cost to you.
Our birth injury attorneys offer free consultations to parents where a medication error or injury in the mother or child is suspected. In some cases, the doctor or hospital may have committed medical malpractice by failing to warn women of the risks or prescribing an improper dosage. In other situations, a pharmaceutical company may have manufactured a dangerous drug or failed to warn health care professionals and the public about the risks to pregnant women and children.
What Types of Drugs May Cause Birth Injuries or Birth Defects?
Serious birth injuries or birth defects can occur when certain medications or wrong dosages are prescribed to pregnant women. This is not the fault of the mother. The pharmaceutical companies push their drugs to the public and the health care industry without proper research and/or without offering full information about the risks to pregnant women. Prescription medications that are alleged to cause birth injury include:
- Anti-seizure medications and benzodiazepines, including Depakote, Dilatin, Lamictal, Tegretol, Topamax
- Anti-depressants or SSRI drugs, such as Celexa, Effexor, Fluvoxamine, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Symbyax, Topamax and Zoloft
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Diclofenac, Lodine, Meloxicam, Relafen, Daypro
- Certain types of antibiotics, including nitrofurantoins, sulfonamides, tetracyclines
- Fertility drugs, including Clomid (should not be taken once pregnant)
- Drugs for acid reflux, such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid
- Anti-nausea medications, such as Zofran
These are just a small sample of drugs that could cause a birth defect, such as heart, abdominal, and cranial defects, among many other possible birth defects or injuries. A child is still in the process of organic development and medication can easily influence or hinder that development.
How Can Birth Injury Attorneys Help Me?
If you feel that prescribed medication may be the reason for your child’s birth defect or birth injury, you need a defective drug attorney and an independent medical expert to review your case. Call the birth injury attorneys at Farrell & Patel for a free consultation and confidential case review. We give each of our clients the personal attention and devoted service they deserve.
Note the information on this website is for informational purposes only. No one should start taking a prescription medication or stop taking a prescription medication without consulting with a qualified doctor or specialist. If you do not agree with a doctor’s opinion, seek a second or third opinion from a qualified physician. Nothing on this website is legal advice or medical advice.