In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires significant clinical testing to prove the efficacy and safety of drugs, and it closely regulates the drug approval process as well. While all medications have even the mildest side effects, most are absolutely safe for widespread use. When a drug is considered harmful to pregnant or nursing women, however, that precaution is clearly listed on the prescribing label.
If your physician prescribed medication during your pregnancy or while you were nursing that you believe caused harm to you baby, you should speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who understands the laws and can help you decide if you have a case. If you choose to hold the negligent physician or drug company liable for birth injuries sustained from taking a prescribed medication, you may be entitled to compensation that will pay for medical bills and continued care for the baby, if necessary.
There are many drugs prescribed every day for common conditions that are wildly known to cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy. If you suffer from any of these conditions, you should definitely check with your doctor about whether or not the medication you are taking is safe for pregnant women and their unborn babies.
- Panic or anxiety disorders
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Serious acne or other skin conditions
- Thyroid problems
If your baby sustained birth injuries because you took a medication that was not labeled by the manufacturer as harmful for pregnant women, you may also be able to hold the drug maker accountable for your baby’s injuries.
The experienced attorneys at Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., are well versed in handling a variety of cases within the state of New Jersey. Contact our firm for your free initial consultation and have any questions answered.