As most women are aware, while pregnant a person is caring for the health of two people rather than one. Anything that a pregnant woman puts in her body can affect fetal development, and there is no exception to this rule for medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription. Drug manufacturers have a duty to warn people of any potential dangers associated with using their products, and this holds true for dangers associated with taking medication while pregnant.
Unfortunately, it is not always clear how a drug can affect a developing fetus, and dangers may not come to light until an injury has occurred. When this happens, a person may be able to recover through a defective drug or products liability lawsuit. Anyone who has a child born with birth defects or has prematurely died should contact an experienced Indianapolis personal injury attorney for a free consultation. An Illinois birth injury attorney may be able to help you hold the responsible parties liable and ensure that you receive compensation for your or your child’s injuries.
Some women continue to take medications before realizing that they are pregnant. Depending on the drug, it may be safer to continue taking it during pregnancy than to discontinue use. In addition, there is confusion within the industry as to the safety of using certain medications while pregnant.
Fortunately, there are steps women can take to reduce the risk of suffering adverse effects of medication use while pregnant. According to a guide published by Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, you should discuss the following issues with your physician:
In addition to discussing these issues with your physician, the FDA also recommends that women read all drug labels carefully, report any problems they experience, and sign up with a pregnancy registry to help collect information about certain medications may affect pregnancy.
Don’t forget, if you were taking medications during pregnancy and you or your child suffered injury you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Injuries that newborns may suffer include issues with cognitive or physical development or various other kinds of birth defects. Because of the highly specialized legal and scientific issues that are raised in defective drug lawsuits, it is important to retain the services of an Indiana personal injury attorney who has experience handling these types of claims. A Chicago birth injury lawyer can help you determine whether you have a claim and also protect your legal rights. If there is already pending litigation regarding the drug that you were taking, you may be able to join a class action or multidistrict litigation with other plaintiffs who suffered similar injuries.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.
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