Birth Defects Caused by Bad Drugs

Expert Representation for Birth Defect and Injury Cases from Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers

Defective DrugsThe use of certain drugs during pregnancy can result in serious birth defects and can lead to lifelong issues both for the child and for the families faced with these tragic consequences. At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we specialize in representing families in League City, Galveston, Houston and the surrounding areas to help them obtain compensation for these injuries and to hold drug companies and health care providers responsible for their negligence in these cases.

Drugs Contraindicated During Pregnancy

According to figures released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 33 babies is born with a birth defect; this amounts to almost 120,000 cases in the U.S. each year. The CDC's National Birth Defects Prevention Study indicated certain risk factors for birth defects based on the use of medications during pregnancy:

  • Antidepressants that include Paxil and Prozac have been linked to abnormalities in the formation of the skull and brain.
  • The use of prescription pain medications can result in increased risk of congenital heart defects.
  • Anti-acne medications have been implicated in some cases of birth defects.
  • Some antibiotics should not be used during pregnancy due to their risk factors.
  • Anticonvulsants used to treat seizures and epilepsy can increase the chance of spina bifida and cleft palate.
  • Cancer treatments classed as teratogens can cause reduced cognitive ability, cleft palate, and a wide range of other serious birth defects in the developing fetus.

Exposure to certain substances in the workplace may also lead to birth defects. For Houston parents facing steep medical bills and the prospect of extended or permanent care arrangements for their newborns, it is critical to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions or inaction.

Drug-Related Birth Defects

Certain known bad drugs should never be prescribed for women during pregnancy. However, drug recalls due to pharmaceutical defects may not be publicized widely during the initial stages of the problem. As a result, defective drugs may make their way to pregnant women and may cause birth defects in their unborn children. The legal team at Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers can help families in Galveston, League City and the surrounding areas present their case in court to achieve a workable settlement for their current and future medical expenses and to cover pain and suffering for the child and the family.

Medical Malpractice

Birth injuries can occur during the delivery process and can cause serious medical issues for infants. Oxygen deprivation, excessive force and failure to treat various conditions present at birth are among the most common types of birth injury and can result in cerebral palsy and loss of cognitive abilities during this critical time.

At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we specialize in providing expert representation for birth defect and injury cases in the Houston area. If your family is dealing with drug-related birth defects, contact us today to discuss your case and to determine the best course of action for you and your baby.