Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit Updates
New Jersey Mother sues Pfizer for son’s Zoloft Birth Defects
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New Jersey Mother sues Pfizer for son’s Zoloft Birth Defects

By Amanda Antell

 


Zoloft LawsuitNew Jersey plaintiff Diana Ocasio is suing Pfizer for allegedly causing her son to be born with birth defects. Ocasio claims that in direct result of ingesting their antidepressant, Zoloft, her son had been born with multiple deformities and suffers life-long complications.

At the time she was prescribed Zoloft, her physician had been unaware that birth defects was included as possible side effects of the medication. The defendant’s advertisements gave the impression to the plaintiff and her physician that Zoloft was perfectly safe to use during pregnancy, leading to take Zoloft throughout her pregnancy.

She had agreed to take Zoloft to treat her depression, and stayed on the medication until her son was born on May 21, 2008. Her child was born with a clubfoot and several other birth defects, and had to undergo revision surgery when he was four months old. To this day, the plaintiff is incurring massive medical expensive for her son’s care and has been unable to work sufficiently to support this.

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Mom Says Zoloft Birth Defects Killed Her Son
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Mom Says Zoloft Birth Defects Killed Her Son

By Jessica Tyner

 


Zoloft Birth Defect LawsuitThere are hundreds of claims by women who say that they were prescribed Zoloft while pregnant and the result was a child born with birth defects. It's why there are mounting Zoloft class action lawsuits, and some Zoloft victims say that even today the warnings and inserts for the drug don't adequately warn about the risks. The alleged Zoloft claims vary drastically in severity, but on April 23, 2014, Plaintiff Brooke Stengrund joined the Zoloft multidistrict litigation (MDL), which is similar to a Zoloft class action lawsuit, claiming that she took the drug while pregnant as prescribed by her doctor and it resulted in giving birth to a son, G., with such severe Zoloft side effects it killed him.

Of her many claims, wrongful death is included in her lawsuit against Pfizer, Inc., one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world. Her lawsuit claims that, "G's birth defects and death were the direct and proximate result of (her) use of Zoloft." Her son was born on January 9, 2003. Similar to other Zoloft complaints, the statute of limitations has been adjusted so that more people may file such lawsuits without regards to the usual two-year window. This is due to the notion that many Zoloft victims such as Stengrund and her son had no way of knowing the full potential Zoloft repercussions during the time tragedy struck.

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Bellwether Cases Selected for Upcoming Zoloft Litigation

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Bellwether Cases Selected for Upcoming Zoloft Litigation

By Amanda Antell

 

 
Zoloft Birth Defect LawsuitAs the number of Zoloft birth defect lawsuits continues to rise, several bellwether cases are being prepared for their debut in court.  These cases will set the precedent for how the remaining Zoloft lawsuits pending in multidistrict litigation will be handled.

Currently, there are more than 600 Zoloft birth defect lawsuits pending throughout the United States, with each alleging that Pfizer, Zoloft’s manufacturer, had failed to provide adequate safety warnings on their medications.  Because of this negligence, women who had been pregnant, or had soon gotten pregnant after their Zoloft prescription, had infants born with various birth defects.

The majority of Zoloft cases are consolidated in the federal court system, under United States District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  There are also several dozen individual cases pending in at least seven different states, many involving multiple collaborating families whose children were born with birth defects after being exposed to the drug.

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Pennsylvania Couple Files Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit
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Pennsylvania Couple Files Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit

By Shawn Coates

 


Zoloft Birth Defect LawsuitA Pennsylvania mother and father have recently filed a Zoloft birth defect lawsuit against Zoloft’s maker, Pfizer. According to the Zoloft birth defect lawsuit, the mother had been prescribed and began taking Zoloft during her pregnancy.

Plaintiff Christi Meyers is the mother that brings these allegations against Pfizer, alleging that as a direct result of her taking Zoloft, her baby was born with serious defects, like pulmonary valve stenosis. Christi and her husband bring charges of defective design, failure to warn, and negligence against Pfizer for their continued promotion of Zoloft without fully disclosing the possible side effects.

Meyers also claims in her Zoloft birth defect lawsuit that had she known of the possible side effects that could come to harm her baby as a result of taking Zoloft, she would have never agreed to being prescribed Zoloft in the first place.

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Texas Mother Files Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit

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Texas Mother Files Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit

By Jessica Tyner

 

 
Zoloft Birth Defect LawsuitThe surge in Zoloft class action lawsuits has a new member, Texas mother Maria Zendejas who has filed the claim on behalf of herself and her child. She joined the Zoloft multi-district litigation on Feb. 12, 2014, where she’s in the company of other parents who discovered that mothers prescribed Zoloft during pregnancy stood at a much higher risk of giving birth to children with birth defects.
 
Zendejas' child was born on Jan. 31, 2005 and is now nine years old. However, Zendejas wasn’t aware until recently that her child’s congenital defects may have been allegedly caused by Zoloft. The child was born with “encephalopathy, hyperbilirubinemia, auditory neuropathy and other related conditions” as a result of her Zoloft prescription, according to her Zoloft lawsuit.
 
Pfizer, the maker of the drug, is facing countless similar Zoloft lawsuits as more and more parents become aware of the link. Zoloft is largely prescribed as an antidepressant but may also be prescribed for other conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In 2005, the same year that Zendejas' child was born, Zoloft was the most commonly prescribed anti-depressant on the market. Not only was it widely prescribed to pregnant women, Pfizer has been accused of intentionally marketing the drug as safe specifically toward pregnant women. Zandejas asserts that there were inadequate warnings on the boxes and literature. She says she never would have taken the drug and risked the well-being of her son if she knew the real Zoloft dangers.

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