No expectant mother would ever take a medication that would harm their child – unless they weren’t aware that the medication could possibly be harmful. Imagine the horror of realizing that a medication you took during pregnancy had the potential of causing birth defects. Unfortunately, many American mothers had to face that realization when studies linked the anti-nausea medication Zofran (Ondansetron) to side effects afflicting both mother and child. Mothers treated with the medication reported blurred vision, among other side effects, and many children of mothers prescribed Zofran have been born with vision issues.
If you were treated with Zofran while you were pregnant, you and your family may be able to pursue compensation for any injury or birth defect that occurred to your child. To find out if you have a viable claim against GlaxoSmithKline, Zofran’s developer and manufacturer, you need to consult a dedicated and skilled pharmaceutical litigation attorney. The legal team at the law offices of Farah & Farah can advise you on how strong your case is and what steps you need to take to get started on your road to compensation. Call (800) 533-3555 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Zofran Not Approved for Treatment of Morning Sickness
Zofran was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other causes. However, GlaxoSmithKline encouraged physicians to prescribe the medication for pregnant women suffering from morning sickness. Zofran was not approved by the FDA for this purpose. This has been the cause of many Zofran lawsuits.
Concern for Your Child’s Vision
If you were treated with Zofran while pregnant, you have good cause to have your child’s vision tested, especially if you notice them exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
- Abnormal eye movement
- Not fixating on objects or bright lights
- Bulging eyes
- Drooped eyelids
- The infant’s eyes turning one way and staying that way for a while
- The infant’s head tilting when trying to focus on things
Compensation for Damages in a Zofran Lawsuit
Vision issues can affect your parenting abilities and your ability to earn a living. Vision issues can also affect your child’s educational and social development. A person’s vision affects how they experience and interact with the world. Having impaired vision can make a person’s daily life exceptionally difficult. No corporation, no matter how large and powerful, has the right to injure you or your child’s vision in any way.
If you feel your treatment with Zofran has affected you or your child’s quality of life, you need to take action and seek suitable compensation. Your first step should be to consult a qualified and skilled pharmaceutical litigation attorney. If you were treated with Zofran while pregnant and you or your child suffered any vision injuries as a result, you and your family may be able to pursue any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Costs of future medical treatments related to you and your child’s vision issues
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury or disability
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Costs of special schooling
- Household and vehicle modifications if needed
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Reduced earning capacity
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive Damages
Other Side Effects and Birth Defects Associated With Zofran Usage
Long-term academic or scientific studies have yet to be done on Zofran’s use. Despite dangerous side effects being shown, patients nationwide are still prescribed the drug. Zofran related side effects and birth defects aren’t limited to vision impairments, the following have also been reported:
- Cleft lip
- Cleft palate
- Kidney malformations
- Musculoskeletal anomalies
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Hearing problems
- Various physical deformities
- Stomach issues
- Heart defects
- Serotonin syndrome (too much serotonin)
- Heart arrhythmia
- Chest pain
- Severe diarrhea
Contact a Dedicated Zofran Vision Issue Attorney
When you contact a Zofran injury lawyer at the law offices of Farah & Farah, we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case and advise you whether you should pursue it. If you choose to move forward with your claim, we will assemble a legal team to build a strong case. The team will present your case in the appropriate venue and litigate an appropriate settlement with the defendant. If we can’t secure a settlement you are happy with, we will take your case to trial. Farah & Farah is currently investigating Zofran related injury claims nationwide.
Call Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 for your free consultation.