Clubfoot Birth Defects

Clubfoot Birth Defects

The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of families whose child may have been born with clubfoot, a birth defect that causes a deformity of the leg and foot, because of their mother’s use of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant during pregnancy. A growing body of research has linked the use of SSRI antidepressants to birth defects, including clubfoot.

SSRIs that may be associated with the occurrence of clubfoot include:

  • Celexa
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft

The birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are leaders in defective drug litigation, and understand the difficult road families of children with clubfoot must travel. If your child’s suffering was caused by an SSRI antidepressant taken during pregnancy, your family deserves compensation from the maker of that drug. Filing a SSRI clubfoot lawsuit could enable you to obtain money damages for your child’s current and future medical needs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. The birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free lawsuit consultations in all 50 states to any family who believes an SSRI caused their baby to suffer clubfoot. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.

What is Clubfoot?

Clubfoot is one of the most common birth defects, with more than 4,000 babies (about 1 in 1,000) born with the condition in the U.S. each year. Boys are affected with clubfoot twice as often as girls. In clubfoot, the foot is generally turned inward and downward and the calf muscles of the affected foot are often underdeveloped. Clubfoot can affect one or both feet, and can range from mild to severe. If not treated properly clubfoot will cause pain and/or disability with walking and moving later in life.

The exact cause of clubfoot is not known. Some research has indicated that a mother’s use of SSRI antidepressants may be one risk factor for the birth defect. For example, a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 showed concern over the higher occurrence of clubfoot in infants whose mothers took SSRIs while pregnant, and stated that the association “warrants further exploration.” A study conducted by the Institute of Reproductive Toxicology at the University of Ulm, Germany, also found a connection between the ingestion of SSRIs during pregnancy and a higher rate of clubfoot birth defects.

The treatment for clubfoot will depend on how serious the condition is and whether or not the baby has the condition in one or both feet. Non-surgical treatment options for clubfoot include bracing, casting, and manipulation. Surgery may be needed if these options are not effective, although only 5% of children born with clubfoot will require surgery to correct the condition.

Learn more about Filing an SSRI Clubfoot Lawsuit

If your child was born with clubfoot, and you believe an SSRI, including Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, or Zoloft, might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these medications. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.