If you or your child has been harmed by the drug Zoloft, you have a right to seek monetary compensation. Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), the most popular class of antidepressants prescribed today. Unfortunately, researchers have linked the use of Zoloft and other SSRIs to many serious complications and birth defects. Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft, has continued to market the drug despite these devastating consequences, putting its profits before the people it affects.
For patients whose lives have been irreversibly changed by the use of Zoloft, there are legal options. To pursue pharmaceutical litigation successfully, it is vital that you select the best possible Zoloft lawyer to represent your needs.
Finding the Best Zoloft Lawyers
There are many factors to consider when you are searching for a law firm to represent you. First, know that getting the most qualified lawyer for your particular case most certainly can affect the outcome. The best Zoloft lawyer is one who not only works with the intricacies of the legal system but also one who understands how Zoloft is prescribed, how it is taken and how it affects the human body.
Next, using that wealth of knowledge, the best Zoloft lawyer will chart the course for filing your lawsuit. This starts with determining the correct party at fault -- Pfizer (the drug manufacturer), your doctor, the medical clinic or hospital where you were treated, the drug's distributor or a medical laboratory. Then, your lawyer will determine the best location to file your lawsuit -- and that may not be the state in which you reside. Your lawyer will understand how to work with the statute of limitations for product liability cases so that all critical deadlines are met.
A legitimate Zoloft lawyer will never charge you for the initial consultation to discuss your case. Most work is done on a contingency basis, which means the lawyers do not get paid or reimbursed for expenses unless they procure a settlement for you.
Getting the Compensation You Deserve
Only a qualified lawyer will be able to fully investigate your case and give you a reasonable assessment of whether you will be able to recover a monetary settlement. However, there are some common elements that are critical in making your case viable.
Typically, patients need to show that they have been seriously impacted by the use of Zoloft with complications, side effects or a child's birth defects. Their lawyers have to prove -- not just believe -- the cause-and-effect relationship between the condition and the use of Zoloft. They do this using medical records and expert testimony to establish:
- When Zoloft was taken.
- That the patient was directed by a doctor to take Zoloft during a critical period for himself or herself or for a fetus.
- That the patient was otherwise reasonably healthy.
- That the complication or defects could have been prevented if Pfizer had acknowledged the dangers of Zoloft.
Most Zoloft cases related to birth defects still are pending in court, so there is no indication yet as to the potential value of settlements. However, Pfizer has paid millions of dollars to families of children and young adults whose suicides were linked to the use of Zoloft.
If you are ready to discuss your Zoloft case, call one of our qualified attorneys at 1-800-735-8751.