If you took an SSRI antidepressant drug during pregnancy and your child was diagnosed with developmental delays, please contact us right away for advice about birth defects lawsuits. Even if your child was not specifically diagnosed, if you took an SSRI like Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft while pregnant and your child is experiencing problems, you should contact our lawyers right away. We may be able to shed light on the benefits of litigation for your circumstances.
SSRI Antidepressant Developmental Delays Lawsuit Review: If you or somebody you know has a child that is suffering from developmental delays you feel may have been caused by an antidepressant medication, you should contact our lawyers immediately. Consultations are always free. Please use our confidential email contact form or call toll free 24 hrs/day by dialing (866) 588-0600.
Which antidepressants have been linked to developmental delays?
The following antidepressants have been linked to developmental delays in babies born to mothers who took them during pregnancy:
- Paxil (paroxetine)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
- Celexa (citalopram)
- Prozac (fluoxetine)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
- Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
- Wellbutrin (bupropion)
- Effexor (venlafaxine)
Developmental Delays Caused By Antidepressant Drugs
Think of all the skills that children have to learn when they come into the world – eating, crawling, communicating, understanding – it’s a daunting task to say the least. As parents, we expect these skills to emerge naturally over time and know more or less when they should do so. At three months, Susanna should be doing this, at six months she’ll be doing that. The timetables for skills to emerge are referred to as the developmental milestones.
If there is a significant delay in your child’s ability to reach normal developmental milestones, this may be indicative of a serious underlying problem. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs may be the reason for your child’s delay in walking, talking, or developing normally. If you took an SSRI during pregnancy – particularly during the first trimester, a time when many women may still be unaware they are pregnant – and think your child may be ‘slow’ or ‘seems behind,’ talk with your child’s doctor about it right away.
The first three years of a child’s life are an amazing time of development, and what happens during these years stays with a child for a lifetime. That’s why it is important to watch for signs of developmental delays, and to get help if you suspect a problem. The sooner a developmental delay is recognized, the better the child’s progress will be in the long-run. Developmental delays differ from other types of learning disabilities in that they may improve with time and may even eventually disappear.
Signs and Symptoms of Developmental Delays
There are a number of ‘warning signs’ of antidepressant-induced developmental delays. These may include:
Behavioral Warning Signs
- Does not pay attention or stay focused on an activity for as long a time as other children of the same age
- Focuses on unusual objects for long periods of time; enjoys this more than interacting with others
- Avoids or rarely makes eye contact with others
- Gets unusually frustrated when trying to do simple tasks that most children of the same age can do
- Shows aggressive behaviors and acting out and appears to be very stubborn compared with other children
- Displays violent behaviors on a daily basis
- Stares into space, rocks body, or talks to self more often than other children of the same age
- Does not seek love and approval from a caregiver or parent
Gross Motor Warning Signs
- Has stiff arms and/or legs
- Has a floppy or limp body posture compared to other children of the same age
- Uses one side of body more than the other
- Has a very clumsy manner compared to other children of the same age
Vision Warning Signs
- Seems to have difficulty following objects or people with his or her eyes
- Rubs eyes frequently
- Turns, tilts or holds head in a strained or unusual position when trying to look at an object
- Seems to have difficulty finding or picking up small objects dropped on the floor (after the age of one year)
- Has difficulty focusing or making eye contact
- Closes one eye when trying to look at distant objects
- Eyes appear to be crossed or turned
- Brings objects too close to eyes to see
- One or both eyes appear abnormal in size or coloring
Hearing Warning Signs
- Talks in a very loud or very soft voice
- Seems to have difficulty responding when called from across the room, even when it is for something interesting
- Turns body so that the same ear is always turned toward sound
- Has difficulty understanding what has been said or following directions after the age of three
- Doesn’t startle to loud noises
- Ears appear small or deformed
- Fails to develop sounds or words that would be appropriate at his or her age
Treatment for Developmental Delays
A child with a developmental delay cannot try harder, pay closer attention, or improve motivation on their own – they need special help to learn how to accomplish these things. A developmental delay is not a problem with intelligence. These disorders are caused by a difference in the brain that affects how information is received, processed and communicated. Children with developmental delays have trouble processing sensory information because they see, hear, and understand things differently than other people.
The treatment for developmental delay issues differs according to the variety and severity of the problem. Children who suffer from cognitive delays may require educational intervention in order to help the child develop specific cognitive skills, while behavioral development delay may call for medication and skill-oriented therapy. Children who struggle with motor skills may require increased physical activity, and those experiencing language and speech delays may be referred to a speech-language pathologist. Overall, treatment can be costly and emotionally exhausting on a family with a child suffering from antidepressant-induced developmental delays.
Is there a time limit in filing an antidepressant developmental delay lawsuit?
Although we encourage all our potential clients to take great care in selecting their SSRI developmental delay lawyer, it is important that you understand that time is of the essence. The applicable statute of limitations in your state may time bar your claim. Furthermore, we are unable to provide you with legal advice without first evaluating your potential case. Accordingly, please take the time now to contact us by using the confidential email contact form below or by calling us toll free 24 hrs/day by dialing (866) 588-0600.
We hope we will be able to assist you with your potential antidepressant-induced developmental delay lawsuit and look forward to speaking with you.
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