Ventricular Septal Birth Defects

Ventricular Septal 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 a ventricular septal birth defect 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 ventricular septal defects of the heart.

SSRIs that may be associated with the occurrence of ventricular septal defects 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 ventricular septal defects 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 ventricular septal defect 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 a ventricular septal defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.

What is a Ventricular Septal Defect?

Ventricular septal defect is one of the most common heart birth defects, and occurs when one or more holes in the wall that separates the right and left ventricles of the heart. The right and left ventricles of the heart are not separate in a developing fetus. However, as the fetus grows a wall forms to create a separation. If the wall does not form completely, the baby will be born with a ventricle septal defect.

Sometimes, a baby born with a small ventricular septal defect has no symptoms, and the wall between the ventricles will eventually close on its own. However if the hole is large, too much blood will be pumped to the lungs, leading to heart failure. When the hole is large, the baby often has symptoms related to heart failure, including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast breathing
  • Hard breathing
  • Paleness
  • Failure to gain weight
  • Fast heart rate
  • Sweating while feeding
  • Frequent respiratory infections

When a baby has a small ventricle septal defect, no treatment is usually needed. However, the baby should be closely monitored to make sure that the hole eventually closes properly and signs of heart failure do not occur. Babies with a large ventricle septal defect who have heart failure symptoms may need medicine to control the symptoms and surgery to close the hole.

Learn more about Filing an SSRI Ventricle Septal Defect Lawsuit

If your child was born with a ventricle septal defect, 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.