Lexapro (escitalopram) has been associated with higher rates of heart defects and other serious birth defects. Lawsuits allege that Forest Laboratories failed to warn about the pregnancy risks of Lexapro. If your baby was injured, our lawyers can talk to you about joining a Lexapro class action vs. filing an individual lawsuit.
Need a Texas Lexapro Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one took Lexapro during pregnancy and had a baby with a birth defect, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit in Texas.
What is Lexapro?
Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant medication in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It is a Pregnancy Category C drug, which means the FDA believes it can potentially cause birth defects, but Lexapro may still be used by a pregnant woman if the benefits justify the risks.
Lexapro MDL Settled for Up to $10 Million
In March 2014, Forest Laboratories, Inc., the manufacturer of Lexapro and Celexa, agreed to pay between $7.7 million and $10.4 million to settle a multi-district litigation (MDL No. 2067) in federal court in Massachusetts. Plaintiffs allege that the company engaged in false and misleading promotion of the drugs for children and adolescents. Forest Laboratories is also accused of inducing physicians to prescribe the drugs by providing them with illegal renumeration.
Lexapro Class Action Information
Many people have already filed lawsuits alleging that Forest Laboratories knew of the danger but failed to warn that Lexapro can increase the risk of birth defects when it is used during pregnancy. The litigation has been consolidated in Missouri, where Forest Laboratories has facilities.
These lawsuits are not part of a Lexapro class action — they are individual lawsuits filed on behalf of children with severe birth defects. The birth defects alleged to have been caused by Lexapro include heart defects, spina bifida, anencephaly, craniosynostosis, omphalocele, club foot, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), and more.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Lexapro Class Action
When most people think of large, complex litigation, they think of class actions. However, class actions can actually have disadvantages for plaintiffs with severe injuries. Members are often forced to accept high attorneys’ fees or a “low-ball settlement.”
Instead of a class action, our trial attorneys specialize in filing individual lawsuits. We understand that Lexapro birth defects can cause severe physical disfigurement, emotional trauma, and ongoing medical expenses. If you decide to file a lawsuit your child’s injury, we may be able to help you seek compensation and justice.
Need a Lexapro Lawyer in Texas?
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Collen’s amazing success in the courtroom and well known dedication to his clients has earned him the recognition of his peers as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Texas.”
The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years experience, participation in over 600 jury trials and $260 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact our Texas Lexapro lawyers for a free lawsuit review.