Antidepressants such as Zoloft, Lexapro and Celexa have been linked to an increased chance of giving birth to a child with autism or an autism-spectrum disorder. If your child has been harmed, you have the right to seek compensation.
The incidence of autism has risen dramatically over the past 20 years, along with the number of prescriptions written for antidepressants. Research now suggests that these facts might be related. There is emerging evidence that SSRI category antidepressants, such as Zoloft, Lexapro and Celexa, can increase the chances that a woman who has taken one of these medications will give birth to an autistic child.
Autism is a significant developmental disorder, and the most severely autistic individuals may never be able to live independently and will require a lifetime of care. If you have taken Zoloft, Lexapro or Celexa, and given birth to an autistic child, you have the right to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries.
Answers to Common Questions about Autism and Antidepressant Lawsuits
Can the companies that make Zoloft, Lexapro and Celexa be held liable for harmful side effects?
Yes. Companies that manufacture dangerous drugs can be held liable for the damage their products cause. If your child was harmed by Zoloft, Lexapro or Celexa, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.
Do I have grounds for an antidepressant-related lawsuit?
If you took Zoloft, Lexapro or Celexa, and have a child who was born autistic or with an autism-spectrum developmental disorder, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
What will happen when I file a lawsuit?
When you file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your child’s autism, a process of gathering information and evidence about your case begins. This process is known as “discovery.” During discovery, either party may obtain any information that relates to any issue in the lawsuit that is not privileged or protected. This process may involve written answers to questions that are called interrogatories, or statements taken under oath known as depositions.
In antidepressant-related autism cases, evidence subject to discovery might include pharmacy or medical records that prove you were prescribed Zoloft, Lexapro or Celexa and your child’s medical records. A significant number of lawsuits are settled out of court after the discovery process. If there is no settlement , your case may go to trial.
Your lawsuit may be handled either as an individual case or in a single case with other individuals who have also been harmed by the product. These group cases are known as mass torts. Even if your case is handled as a mass tort, our attorneys and staff will work with you personally and give your case individual attention.
Filing an antidepressant and autism lawsuit
We can help you file a lawsuit. If you have had a child born with autism as a result of using Zoloft, Lexapro or Celexa, call us or fill out a free online consultation.