Zoloft, a product of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Inc., is an antidepressant belonging to a group of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, also called SSRIs. Zoloft has been linked to:
- Increased suicide in both children and adults
- Serious withdrawal symptoms in patients who discontinue use
- Serious withdrawal symptoms in infants whose mothers took Zoloft during pregnancy
- An increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPH) in newborn infants whose mothers took Zoloft after the 20th week of pregnancy
Numerous defective drug lawsuits have been filed by individuals seeking to recover damages for injuries ranging from suicide to painful withdrawal symptoms due to Zoloft use. Additional lawsuits are expected related to PPH in newborn infants since this side effect has recently been discovered.
Filing for Damages
Although it has been proven that Pfizer was aware of these risks as early as 1996 and resisted the FDA’s attempts to add additional warnings to the drug, it took more than ten years for the FDA to enforce more stringent warnings on SSRIs such as Zoloft.
In the meantime, injuries and deaths have occurred, resulting in numerous lawsuits under personal injury or wrongful death laws, depending on the victim’s circumstances. Damages in these cases seek to compensate the victim for:
- Medical expenses
- Burial expenses in the event of wrongful death
- Loss of wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Victims may also seek damages for pain and suffering for such losses as:
- Economic opportunity
- Enjoyment of life
Receiving Compensation for your Injuries
Placing a dollar amount on pain and suffering losses is difficult; however, the experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers have a great deal of experience in these areas, and our thorough understanding of the law will ensure you are fully compensated.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects from Zoloft use, you may be entitled to file suit for your injuries. Please contact our defective drug lawyers today to schedule your free, no cost consultation. Jacoby & Meyers has offices throughout the U.S.