Those with clinical depression suffer not only from their condition but also from the social stigma surrounding mental health. Sufferers often struggle to seek the help they need, and when they receive medication from their doctors, they trust that it will safely provide them with potentially life-saving treatment. Unfortunately, researchers have discovered links between certain antidepressants and instances of birth defects and suicide.
If you or a family member suffered consequences of the side effects of drugs used to treat depression, a Los Angeles problematic antidepressants lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you hold the drug manufacturer responsible and seek compensation for your losses.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee basis with no up-front payments necessary.
Doctors and their patients can choose from many prescription treatment options for depression or anxiety. However, they do not all treat depression the same way. Finding the right medication for depression may involve a trial-and-error process in which the doctor measures how the patient responds to the chemical effects of different types and brands of antidepressants.
One of the most common types of antidepressants, SSRIs prevent serotonin from reabsorption into the nerve cells, thus contributing to a serotonin increase. Popular SSRIs include:
- Celexa (citalopram)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
- Paxil (paroxetine)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
- Prozac (fluoxetine)
In some cases, it later becomes evident that the types of drugs marketed by certain pharmaceutical companies do more harm than good. If you or a loved one suffered a drug injury from antidepressants in Los Angeles, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to discuss your legal options.
Birth Defects Caused by Antidepressants
While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deems several SSRIs safe for use during pregnancy, research shows that certain approved types carry a risk of birth defects. The FDA reports that, while some studies indicate an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) for mothers taking SSRIs, other studies did not indicate such a risk. As a result, the FDA advises doctors not to change the way they treat pregnant women with depression based on these studies and does not conclude that sufficient evidence exists to deem these drugs unsafe for pregnancy.
In addition to the documented risk of PPHN, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that studies link SSRIs to several birth defects. Confirmed defects include those of the:
- Abdominal wall
If your baby suffered a birth defect as a result of the side effects of SSRIs, a Los Angeles problematic antidepressants lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you pursue compensation for your child’s injuries.
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Link Between Antidepressants and Suicide
Patients take antidepressants to alleviate the symptoms of their depression, including the risk of suicide. However, some research suggests that certain antidepressants may actually increase this risk. According to research by BMJ, suicide rates may increase for patients during the first 28 days of taking a new antidepressant, and for the first 28 days after stopping taking a treatment.
In the tragic event that your loved one committed suicide after taking antidepressants, you may be able to hold the drug manufacturer liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. A Los Angeles problematic antidepressants lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help your family pursue compensation in this type of legal action as well. Call us today to learn more.
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How Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help
If your child was born with a birth injury after you took an antidepressant or if you personally experienced adverse side effects, you may be able to recover compensation in a product liability lawsuit. A Los Angeles problematic antidepressants lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to handle all aspects of your case when we represent you, including:
- Answering your questions and providing legal advice
- Helping you decide whether to act on an individual basis or join a class-action lawsuit if you are eligible
- Identifying the liable party and gathering evidence of their liability
- Hiring expert witnesses to testify in your defense
- Gathering evidence of the extent of your injuries
- Handling all legal communications, deadlines, and paperwork in your case
- Negotiating with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Taking your case to trial if they are unwilling to make you a fair settlement offer
To learn more about these services, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation.
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Compensation in a Problematic Antidepressants Case
If you are pursuing a product liability case for birth injuries caused by a problematic antidepressant, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills related to your child’s injuries
- Estimated cost of all future medical care
- Lost wages for either parent that must stop working to care for the child
- Pain and suffering
- And more
If you are pursuing wrongful death damages for a loved one who died as a result of taking problematic antidepressants, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of companionship and guidance
- Loss of consortium
- And more
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If antidepressant use harmed you or a loved one, a Los Angeles problematic antidepressants lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to alleviate the burden of managing your case. We can pursue the responsible party for compensation on your behalf when we represent you.
Contact us today at (800) 794-0444 to speak to our legal team about your case. We may be able to handle your case on a contingency-fee basis, where we do collect attorney’s fees unless and until you recover compensation in a settlement offer or court awards.