Zelmid Lawsuit

Filing a Zelmid Lawsuit for PPHN and Other SSRI Birth Defects

A Zelmid lawsuit allows the many families affected by Zelmid birth defects to recover compensation for the serious harm suffered as a result of the SSRI medication.

Zelmid is one of a class of Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) prescribed in order to treat depression by raising serotonin levels in the brain. Unfortunately, Zelmid – like other SSRIs – can cause significant harm to a developing fetus.

Despite the known dangers of SSRI medications, Zelmid and other drugs are wildly popular, prescribed to as many as 80,000 pregnant women a year, according to a University of Pittsburgh study that looked at SSRI use in 2005.

Types of Zelmid Birth Defects

The risk of Zelmid birth defects has long been established, with numerous types of congenital defects giving rise to SSRI lawsuits brought in order to recover damages for the cost of treatment, as well as the emotional costs.

Some examples of possible defects that can lead to a Zelmid lawsuit include:

  • PPHN, or persistent pulmonary hypertension. PPHN occurs when a baby – who breathes through the placenta while in the womb- is not able to properly switch to breathing with his lungs once born.
  • Various types of abdominal defect including structural problems with the abdominal wall.
  • A cranial defect or malformation
  • Heart defects ranging from a hole in the atrium or ventricle (called a “septal defect”) to a combination of four heart problems referred to as tetralogy of fallot.
  • Clubfoot or other structural problems with the limbs.

Proving Your Case in a Zelmid Lawsuit

In order to bring a successful Zelmid lawsuit, a plaintiff must prove through reliable medical evidence that the above birth defect was caused by the use of Zelmid. Some of the many examples of medical studies establishing the risk of SSRI birth defects that your Zelmid lawyer can help you to use in a Zelmid lawsuit include:

  • Studies from the New England Journal of Medicine indicating that infants exposed to SSRIs were two times as likely to be born with 3 or more congenital abnormalities, and that babies exposed to SSRIs during the third trimester were six times more likely to be born with PPHN.
  • A Danish study reporting a 60 percent greater risk of heart defects in babies exposed to SSRIs early in the pregnancy.

Your lawyer will also help you to establish the damages caused by the Zelmid birth defects so you can receive appropriate fair and just compensation in your Zelmid lawsuit.

Getting Legal Help from a Zelmid Lawyer

When a dangerous product causes a birth defect, the manufacturer of that product must be held responsible for the consequences of its actions. A Zelmid lawsuit allows you to hold responsible the party who caused harm to your baby. If you or a loved one has been affected by Zelmid birth defects, contact an experienced Zelmid lawyer at Chaffin Luhana LLP at 1-888-480-1123 immediately for a free and confidential case review today. The lawyers at Chaffin Luhana can help you to get the justice you deserve.