Zofran Lawsuits – Ron Bell Injury Lawyers
If you experienced morning sickness during pregnancy, then you may have been prescribed Zofran to treat nausea and vomiting and make pregnancy easier. In many cases, pregnant women can take Zofran with no effects. Sometimes, however, children of women who used Zofran to treat morning sickness experience devastating birth defects as a result of exposure to the drug. If your baby was born with birth defects after you were prescribed Zofran during pregnancy, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and for the pain and suffering that you and your child are experiencing. Call us now for a free case review.
What is Zofran?
Zofran (ondansetron) is an anti-nausea medication that was created by GlaxoSmithKline in the 1980s which works by blocking chemical receptors in your body that can cause nausea and vomiting. The drug is commonly used for nausea that accompanies surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Zofran is also commonly prescribed for women who experience morning sickness during pregnancy. Although the FDA has not approved Zofran for this use, Zofran is the top-selling medication for morning sickness in the United States.
Zofran Users Plagued by Birth Defects
Mothers who were prescribed Zofran for morning sickness have given birth to children with devastating birth defects, including:
- Heart defects, including holes in the heart
- Buildup of fluid in the kidneys
- Skull deformities
- Cleft lip and cleft palate, a split in the upper lip or roof of the mouth
- Club foot
- In extreme cases, death
GlaxoSmithKline has been the target of lawsuits from mothers who gave birth to children with severe birth defects after taking Zofran for the treatment of morning sickness. Lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline allege that the company knew of the dangers of exposing unborn children to the drug, but did not warn patients of the potential birth defects that the drug could cause.
Since Zofran birth defect lawsuits all revolve around a common issue, lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline have been consolidated into one Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, which means that the cases have been combined and transferred to one court.
What Compensation Can I Recover for My Child’s Birth Defect?
If your child suffered a severe birth defect following your use of Zofran to treat morning sickness, you may be entitled to receive compensation from the manufacturer of the drug. Such compensation can cover:
- Past, current, and future medical bills that you face as a result of your child’s birth defect;
- Pain and suffering that you and your child experienced;
- Emotional suffering that you and your child are enduring as a result of his or her birth defect; and
- Money that you have lost as a result of being unable to work following your child’s birth.
Did Your Child Suffer at the Hands of GalxoSmithKline? Contact Us Today
If you were prescribed Zofran during pregnancy to treat morning sickness and gave birth to a child with a severe birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation for the bills which you are facing and the pain and suffering that you and your child experienced. You and your child deserve competent representation by a team of attorneys with your family’s best interests in mind. To speak with an attorney at Ron Bell Injury Lawyers about your case and to learn more about birth defect lawsuits related to Zofran, call (505) 898-2355 today.