Zofran Birth Defect: Fetal Growth Restriction
Zofran, the brand name for Ondansetron, was developed and manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, radiation therapy induced nausea and vomiting, and post-operative nausea and vomiting. It is also commonly prescribed, off label, for the treatment of morning sickness in pregnant women, a purpose for which the FDA has not approved the drug. While Zofran has proven effective in controlling nausea and vomiting from many causes, it also has caused many reported side effects, including severe diarrhea, headaches, irregular heartbeat, and heart attacks. Among the most disturbing side effects caused by Zofran are the birth defects reported by women who have been treated with the drug while pregnant.
If you were prescribed Zofran while you were pregnant and your child or children were born with birth defects, you may be able to pursue compensation for any damages your family have suffered and will likely continue to suffer long-term. To find out more about whether you have grounds for a viable Zofran birth defect claim and what your legal rights and options are, you will need to contact a Zofran injury lawyer. At the law offices of Farah & Farah, our attorneys consider it our mission to represent individuals and families who have suffered injury and loss due to the careless negligence of large drug companies. We are aggressive and tenacious in our pursuit of winning just settlements for our clients and will appreciate the opportunity to do the same for you.
Your first step in seeking justice and compensation for you and your family is to call the offices of Farah & Farah for a free, comprehensive case evaluation. Call (800) 533-3555 today. We’ll be waiting to hear from you.
Birth Defects Linked to Zofran Use During Pregnancy
Women who were treated with Zofran during pregnancy have an increased risk of giving birth to infants with a higher risk of the following birth defects:
- Congenital heart defects
- Cleft palate
- Malformed Kidneys
- Skeletal defects
- Vision issues
Zofran and Fetal Growth Restriction
One of the more disturbing birth defects associated with Zofran is fetal growth restriction, also referred to as intrauterine growth restriction. This condition occurs when a fetus weighs less than 90 percent of other fetuses at the same gestational stage. Fetal Growth Restriction does not necessarily cause medical problems for the child, but the smaller a baby is at birth, the more prone it is to serious health issues after birth.
There are two different types of fetal growth restriction, symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical babies are smaller in size and weight but proportionately normal. Asymmetrical babies often will have a normal sized head, but a disproportionately small body.
Compensation for Damages in a Fetal Growth Restriction Zofran Claim
Depending on the severity of fetal growth restriction your child has and the health conditions related to it, you and your family may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- The costs of future medical treatment related to the child’s condition
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury or disability
- Costs of household and vehicle modifications and equipment needed to care for the child at home (such as ramps and lifts)
- Costs of special schooling and therapy related to the child’s condition
- Lost wages for time parents missed from work to attend doctor’s appointments, etc.
- Punitive damages
Compensation for Wrongful Death Damages
In the tragic event that Zofran use during pregnancy causes stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, or death in infancy, you and your family may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following wrongful death damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills of the deceased before they died
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Punitive damages
Contact a Zofran Fetal Growth Restriction Attorney at Farah & Farah Today
We at the law offices of Farah & Farah truly hope you never need our services and hope your children are all born healthy. Should the opposite occur, however, we want you to know Farah & Farah will fight doggedly to get the settlement you and your family deserves. No corporation has the right to put your children’s health at risk and any that does needs to be held accountable. The attorneys at the law offices of Farah & Farah aren’t afraid to stand up to large companies and will not hesitate to go to trial if needed. Call our tenacious pharmaceutical claim litigators today to schedule your free, comprehensive consultation. For your family’s sake, call (800) 533-3555 today.
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