Understanding peripheral arterial disease and its causes

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition in which the blood vessels responsible in delivering oxygen-rich blood to the limbs are clogged or obstructed due to the accumulation of fatty deposits called plaque. Individuals suffering from PAD may experience numbness or pain in their limbs, particularly in their legs and feet, due to decreased flow of oxygenated blood.

Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, family history, and aging all account for the development of PAD. Cases of peripheral arterial disease have also been recorded among infants exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (antidepressant) Zoloft in utero.

Unfortunately, babies who are suffering from this medical condition have a higher risk of developing other cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension and heart attack, later in life. If you believe your baby’s health has been put at risk because of Zoloft, our lawyers from Williams Kherkher are equipped with the experience and resources to help you potentially pursue legal action against its manufacturer. Call us at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about seeking financial compensation.

Understanding how an atrial septal defect develops

Atrial septal defect is a condition wherein a hole is present between the left and the right atrium of the heart, causing the oxygenated blood to leak into the chamber that contains the oxygen-depleted blood. This might eventually lead to lung damage due to an increased volume of blood going into the lungs from the atrium.

Different chambers in the heart perform specific roles in blood circulation, and they are divided by muscle walls called septum. During pregnancy, the septum dividing the left and the right atrium contains an opening to bypass the passing of the blood to the non-functioning lungs of the fetus to acquire oxygen. At birth, this opening is expected to close as the lungs become functional.

However, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant Zoloft is known to affect the complete development of the atrial septum, which leads to atrial septal defect. If your baby is suffering from atrial septal defect due to Zoloft, contact an attorney from Williams Kherkher to explore the possibility of getting compensation from the drug’s manufacturer. You can reach us at (888) 220-0640 to find out more about your legal options.

Understanding anal atresia and its symptoms

Anal atresia is a congenital defect in which the anus is absent or is in the wrong place. Experts believe this medical condition develops in utero during critical periods of pregnancy, usually from the fifth to seventh weeks. Infants with anal atresia need immediate treatment, as it can cause very serious complications.

Signs of anal atresia are oftentimes evident and appear shortly after birth, some of which include:

  • No anal opening, or opening in the wrong location
  • No stool passage within one to two days
  • Stool passes in the wrong place (vagina, base of penis, etc.)
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Vomiting of fecal material one to two days after birth

Unfortunately, babies exposed to the antidepressant Zoloft while in the mother’s womb have an increased risk of developing congenital malformations such as anal atresia. Williams Kherkher is willing to offer its more than 25 years of legal experience to help you possibly file a lawsuit. Call us at (888) 220-0640 to speak with one of our lawyers today.

Can omphalocele be Zoloft-induced?

Omphalocele is a neural tube birth defect in which the abdominal organs protrude outside the umbilical cord of a baby inside a transparent sac called a peritoneum. Babies suffering from this condition oftentimes have poor lung development, heart disorders, and abnormalities in their chromosomes.

Although causes of omphalocele are yet to be established, random cases of this life-threatening congenital defect have been linked to Zoloft exposure in utero. In fact, a 2006 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that cases of neural tube defects like omphalocele have been reported to affect babies born to mothers who took Zoloft during their first trimester of pregnancy.

Speak with an attorney from Williams Kherkher if you believe your family has been negatively impacted by Zoloft, an antidepressant being marketed as safe. Call (888) 220-0640 to discuss how it has affected your baby and learn more about your options for filing a legal claim.

Zoloft and the risk of anencephaly

Zoloft belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and is designed to treat symptoms of major depressive illnesses, such as manic depression and bipolar disorder.

However, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 28, 2007 revealed that maternal use of Zoloft was associated with different neural tube defects (NTD), including anencephaly, a deadly birth defect that affects one out of more than 4,000 babies every year.

Babies born with anencephaly have no cerebrum and cerebellum because a portion of their neural tube failed to develop. Experts believe Zoloft increases the risk of this congenital defect by interfering with the synthesis of folic acid, which is known to decrease the risk of NTDs including anencephaly.

If you believe taking Zoloft while pregnant has caused your baby to suffer a birth defect, such as anencephaly, speak with one of our defective pharmaceuticals lawyers from Williams Kherkher about your options for taking legal action against the maker of this drug. Call us at (888) 220-0640 today.

‘Baby addicts’ on the rise in Indiana

A report published in The Herald Bulletin on November 19 states that the number of drug dependent babies born in Indiana has recently been surprisingly high.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a condition in which babies demonstrate withdrawal signs and symptoms while being weaned off from addictive drugs their mothers took during pregnancy. Illicit or prescription drugs taken by expecting mothers may pass through the placenta and reach the baby during pregnancy, causing him/her to be ‘addicted’.

The Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, a group of medical and legal experts from Indiana, is concerned the number of babies with NAS in Indiana is reaching an epidemic level.

The task force aims to push a legislative measure that would ensure a more intensive monitoring of pregnant women who are using drugs that can cause NAS. The task force also hopes to create a law that will provide protection to mothers who voluntarily seek medical treatment for their addictions.

Unfortunately, there is a strong link between Zoloft and NAS. If you believe your baby is suffering from withdrawal or other problems because of Zoloft, our lawyers from Williams Kherkher can help you understand your options for filing a legal claim. Learn more about how we can help by calling (888) 220-0640 today.

6 mothers file lawsuits against Zoloft

At least six mothers recently filed lawsuits in Wayne Circuit Court against drug giant Pfizer Inc. after their babies were born with congenital defects, allegedly caused due to Zoloft use while pregnant.

According to reports, the six plaintiffs were pregnant when they were prescribed  Zoloft by their doctors. In the lawsuits filed by the mothers on October 28, they claim their babies were born with birth defects, like holes in the heart, atrial septal defects, neural tube defects, and craniofacial defects. The lawsuits also claimed that Zoloft is flawed and it should not be on the market as it endangers people’s health.

If your child was harmed by the anti-depressant drug Zoloft while used during pregnancy, it is important to know that the maker of the drug may be held liable for the undue losses you have suffered. Speak with a lawyer from Williams Kherkher about your options for filing a claim against the company by calling (888) 220-0640.

AG accuses Pfizer over bogus Zoloft scheme

The Louisiana Attorney General filed a claim on October 21 stating that Pfizer deceitfully marketed the antidepressant Zoloft, resulting in undue reimbursements for the drug from the state’s Medicaid fund.

The lawsuit states that Pfizer failed to make “serious issues” associated with how well Zoloft works and clinical studies that revealed the drug was basically a placebo known by utilizing deceptive advertising, and publishing false and manipulated data in medical journals. The lawsuit further stated that Pfizer suppresses unfavorable results for Zoloft by “manipulating published efficacy data, paying key opinion leaders to bolster Zoloft’s efficacy, and deceptively concealing Zoloft’s inefficacy.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman from Pfizer said its medicine carries “accurate, science-based and FDA-approved” details about its benefits and dangers.

Pfizer currently faces countless lawsuits over claims that Zoloft allegedly has caused birth defects among children born to mothers who took it. If you are a parent who believes your child has suffered due to Zoloft, our lawyers at Williams Kherkher can help you explore your legal options. Contact us at (888) 220-0640 today for a free case evaluation.

Birth defects linked to Zoloft

Like most antidepressants, taking Zoloft while you are pregnant can have profound adverse effects on your baby. Research also shows that if you have already started taking an antidepressant and stopped, chances are, your baby has been affected.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. Some of the documented birth defects it can cause include several congenital heart defects, anencephaly, and omphalocele. The New England Journal of Medicine specifically stated that Zoloft can have the following birth defects:

  • Anal atresia – anus is missing or in the wrong place
  • Limb reductions – poorly developed, missing, or deformed limb(s)
  • Club foot – limits the ability to walk

Any of these serious, possibly fatal birth defects can cause life-long complications for your child. To get the justice and compensation you might be owed due to the use of the dangerous drug Zoloft, call a lawyer from Williams Kherkher at (888) 220-0640.

Complications associated with congenital heart defects

If not detected or treated immediately, congenital heart defects, which are defects in the heart or surrounding blood vessels, may lead to more serious complications. Some of these complications can include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Problems gaining weight
  • Respiratory issues such as pneumonia and other infections
  • Cyanosis, a condition in which blood with rich and poor oxygen mixed together in their heart affects the color of the skin
  • In rare occasions, children with untreated heart defects may have a stroke if the blood clots block the veins in the heart and brain

The lawyers at Williams Kherkher work to help the families of children who developed congenital heart defects as a result of the use Zoloft during pregnancy. As this drug has been shown to be unreasonably dangerous, its manufacturer may possibly be held responsible for the losses a family sustains Call (888) 220-0640 today to find out how we may be able to help you.

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