Women across the country are filing lawsuits claiming that use of the antidepressant Lexapro caused them to deliver children with serious birth defects. These women allege that their children were born with cranial, facial, and limb malformations, as well as serious heart and organ defects, after taking the drug during pregnancy. They accuse the drug’s manufacturer, Forest Labs, Inc., of releasing a defective drug into the marketplace and are seeking compensation from the company for their children’s injuries.
If you delivered an infant with a birth defect after taking Lexapro, you may be able to file a lawsuit against Forest Labs to collect compensation for your losses. For a free case reviews do not hesitate to contact us today for more information on your potential legal rights.
Lawsuits involving pharmaceuticals are often filed when patients believe they were harmed by a drug that is defective in design, manufacture, or marketing.
Women who have filed lawsuits against Forest Labs allege that Lexapro suffers from all three of these defects. They claim the company defectively manufactured and designed the drug, and failed to provide adequate warnings to doctors and patients. The mothers, who delivered children with birth injuries including cleft lip and palate, spina bifida, and club foot, accuse Forest Labs of failing to warn women that the drug would cross the placenta into an unborn fetus’ system.
According to the lawsuits, Forest Labs conducted tests on Lexapro and knew that the drug could cause congenital birth defects; however, the company failed to disclose these findings to the public and continued to market the antidepressant to expectant mothers and women of child-bearing age, the suits claim. The mothers allege they would not have taken the drug had they been properly warned about the effects of Lexapro on an unborn fetus.
This is not a class action lawsuit. These lawsuits are being filed individually by women who took Lexapro during their pregnancies and gave birth to children with congenital defects.
Some believe that a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) may form on behalf of Lexapro victims. In an MDL, all federally-filed lawsuits are transferred to one court before a single judge; however, each plaintiff will retain her own attorney, as well as her right to an individual award. An MDL helps to ensure consistent rulings when a large number of lawsuits are making similar accusations, and saves time and money for everyone involved.
Most attorneys handling these lawsuits work on a contingency-fee basis. This means the lawyer will collect, in most cases, one-third of the award if the suit is successful. If the lawsuit is unsuccessful, the client will not have to pay the lawyer for any work done on the case.
Women who have filed lawsuits against Forest Labs allege that they gave birth to infants with the following birth defects:
If you took Lexapro and gave birth to an infant with an abdominal, cranial, or heart defect, you may be entitled to compensation. Fill out our free case review form today to find out if you can file a lawsuit.
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