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Prescription Drugs and Toxic Exposure Linked to Birth Defects

In recent years, medical research has located significant birth risks when pregnant women are exposed to certain toxins and prescription drugs. Prolonged exposure heightens risk; however, even a small chemical imbalance in a woman’s body during pregnancy can result in dangerous irregularities.
The full impacts these toxic products and drugs have on developing infants are inadequately studied before the dangerous products are marketed, or are prescribed to pregnant women without sufficient safety warnings.
Birth defects are the leading cause of infant death. Newborns who survive birth defects often need significant medical care for life, and many are unable to fully mature and function independently.

Joe Lyon is an experienced product liability, medical malpractice, and toxic tort lawyer available for consultation. Working on contingency fees and advancing all costs, The Lyon Firm will help you and your family find the answers to the many unanswered questions.  Should the case go to litigation, Joe Lyon has passionately advocated on behalf of individuals nationwide and will offer all available resources to seek justice on behalf of your family.

Frequency of Birth Defects

Birth defects affect one in every 33 babies (about 3 percent of all babies) born in the United States, accounting for 135,000 hospital stays each year. Birth defects are the leading cause of infant deaths, representing 20 percent of all infant deaths. However, simply because  birth defect are common does not mean the injury could not have been prevented with better care.
It is important to distinguish birth defects from birth injuries:
•    Birth Injuries are the result of negligence by healthcare providers in the pre-delivery, labor or post-childbirth stages.
•    Birth Defects develop during pregnancy and may be caused by genetic factors or a mother’s use of certain medications.

Common Types of Birth Defects

Birth defects may affect the child’s physical appearance, may impact an organ or may cause mental deficiencies that present themselves long after birth. Children may suffer from multiple birth defects. Based on a review of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), common birth defects linked to medications include the following:
•    Anencephalopathy
•    Heart defects
•    Neural tube defects
•    Spina bifida
•    Cleft lip
•    Autism
•    Facial malformation
•    Glandular dysfunction
•    Central nervous system dysfunction
•    Lung defects
•    Abdominal defects
•    Limb malformation

Medication Use among Pregnant Women

According to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the use of prescription medication by pregnant women during the first trimester has increased more than 60 percent over the past 30 years. Most birth defects occur within the first three months of pregnancy.
According to the CDC at the time of the study, at least 50 percent of pregnant women were taking at least one prescription medication during the first trimester. The risk of birth defects caused by some prescription drugs is even more dire because pharmaceutical companies do not provide a widespread warning for many products.

Prescription Drugs Linked to Birth Defects

Children are incredibly vulnerable to dangerous prescription drugs while developing in a mother’s womb. Unfortunately, several medications may interfere with proper development and contribute to various types of physical and mental birth defects. Some of these medications include the following:
•    SSRIs: antidepressants including Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac, and Zoloft
•    PPIs (prescription antacids): include Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid
•    Accutane
•    Cholesterol-controlling statins: Crestor
•    Depakote
•    Topamax (topiramate)

Household Products and Industrial Toxins May Cause Birth Defects

A growing body of medical research concludes that healthy pregnancies may be at risk when women are exposed to household or industrial chemicals. Some of the most dangerous chemicals include the following:
•    Pesticides—RoundUp (glysophate)
•    Benzene
•    Solvents

Legal Action and Compensation for Victims

Ohio law provides substantial monetary compensation for birth defects caused by another’s neglect.  Ohio has damages cap on certain personal injury awards, but those damages caps do not apply in many cases. Since most birth defect litigation arises from medication or toxic exposure claims, damage caps do not apply. Both the child and the parent have claims for damages, and compensation may be awarded for pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, past and future medical expenses, and future loss of income.

Legal Representation

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If your child was born with a birth defect that may have been caused by a toxic product or prescription medication, you may be able to seek compensation from a chemical or pharmaceutical company to help cover the resulting expenses. If you have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.

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