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Birth Defect Lawsuit

Some prescription medications have been associated with birth defects when taken by the mother during pregnancy. These medications vary in type and usage. Parents have filed birth defect lawsuits against drugmakers. A birth defect lawsuit may result in compensation.

Some drugs are associated with birth defects

Numerous prescription drugs are associated with congenital birth defects when taken during pregnancy. Congenital means ‘born with it.”  These issues may arise when medications are taken on label or off-label.

Off-label usage occurs when doctors prescribe a medication for uses it is not Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for. This is a fairly common practice in the U.S. and is not always cause for concern. However, the FDA approval process can weed out dangerous off-label uses.

Types of birth defects commonly investigated include:

  • Cleft lip and/or palate
  • Congenital Structural Heart Defects
  • Neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly

A birth defects lawyer can help parents seek legal action for birth defects. Learn more about your options for a birth defect case.

Environmental causes of birth defects

Birth defects may also be caused by environmental toxins. Birth defect attorneys may be able to help parents explore these types of cases as well.

Environmental toxins can affect pregnancy when the mother is exposed in her food or water. Toxic exposures that can cause birth defects include pesticides, industrial runoff and other man-made issues. For example, the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune has been associated with cardiac birth defects.

Motley Rice lawyers are experienced in helping families hold large companies accountable for harm. Contact us to learn more about your eligibility to file a birth defects lawsuit.

Our experience fighting for mothers and children

Motley Rice medical team members have fought to hold prescription drug manufacturers responsible for medications that studies link to an increased risk of serious and life-threatening birth defects. We’re also litigating cases involving childhood lead poisoning from WanaBana apple sauce and infant Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) from baby formula.

Our law firm has experience leading lawsuits alleging prenatal exposure to prescription medications caused birth defects.

We are passionate about helping women receive justice for health issues caused by companies. Learn more about our work with women’s health lawsuits.

Contact a birth defect attorney

If you or a loved one had a child born with a birth defect and took medications while pregnant, contact a medical birth defect lawyer by email or at 1.800.768.4026.

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Do not stop taking a prescribed medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor's advice can result in injury or death.

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