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The Ponseti Method

Posted on June 4th, 2013 No Comments

The Ponseti method is a technique to treat clubfeet that can be credited to the late Iowa doctor named Ignacio V. Ponseti.

Ponseti perfected this non-surgical club foot treatment in infants over 60 years of practice. Developed in the mid-1940’s, one of the major principles of this concept is using gentle manipulations and casting at weekly intervals within the first few weeks of life to correct the tissues on the baby’s foot, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, and certain bones.

Dr. Ponseti’s vast clinical observations have been confirmed by modern techniques including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). When precisely applied, the technique is supposed to yield excellent results for babies born with clubfoot.

Dr. Ponseti died in October 2009 due to stroke complications at the age of 95 in Iowa City.

Unfortunately, clubfoot birth defect in babies has been linked to Zoloft use by mothers during pregnancy. Our legal team at Williams Kherkher may be able to help you get the compensation you need if your child has developed such complications due to this dangerous drug. Discuss your legal options with us by calling 800-641-9810 today.

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Non-surgical treatment of clubfoot

Posted on May 21st, 2013 No Comments

Regardless of severity, the initial treatment for clubfoot deformity is nonsurgical by means of manipulation and casting, which requires certain expertise.

In order to get the best results, clubfoot should be treated early in a child’s life. In the U.S., clubfoot is usually corrected through a method known as the Ponseti method, which manipulates the foot slowly by stretching then casting it multiple times.  This is usually done for a period of two to three months, at the end of which the Achilles tendon is lengthened and a final cast worn for three weeks. This allows the tendon to heal and the foot to be moved to the correct final position.

Unfortunately, reports show that clubfoot is a birth defect linked to the use of the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy. If you or someone you know has birth defects like club foot due to using Zoloft, contact the legal team of Williams Kherkher today by calling 800-641-9810 and learn more about taking legal action against the responsible party.

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Oklahoma mom files Zoloft claim in Philadelphia court

Posted on May 1st, 2013 No Comments

A mother recently filed a civil complaint against the company Pfizer for an antidepressant drug that she took during pregnancy that caused her son to allegedly develop serious birth defects.

According to a complaint filed in the Multidistrict Zoloft Marketing Products Liability Litigation, Torrie Johnson’s son suffered birth defects after she took the antidepressant drug Zoloft during pregnancy. In her complaint, the Oklahoma plaintiff alleges her son was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and failure to thrive, among other health issues. As a result, her son had to undergo surgery to repair the defect. Johnson’s son was described as having poor muscle tone and was unable to bear weight.

Johnson also claimed the current label warning of Zoloft does not emphasize the risk of serious birth effects to babies if mothers ingest the antidepressant drug during pregnancy.

Unspecified financial and punitive damages to cover financial losses and medical treatment have been sought by Johnson in her complaint.

Unfortunately, Johnson and the many others involved in this Multidistrict litigation are not the only families to have suffered unduly from the negative effects of Zoloft. Call 800-641-9810 to talk with the legal team at Williams Kherkher if your child has been the victim of the dangerous side effects of this drug.

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Mom sues Pfizer for her daughter’s heart defect

Posted on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

A mother filed a lawsuit on February 26 against drug giant Pfizer claiming that her daughter suffered serious birth injuries after she ingested anti-depressant medication during pregnancy.

The Washington mother reported in a complaint that her daughter was born with a hypoplastic left heart birth defect that required multiple surgeries and extensive medical treatment. The birth defects, according to the mother, resulted from her use of the antidepressant drug Zoloft during pregnancy. She also claimed that if she had known about the potential harm of the drug, she would not have taken it.

This lawsuit is now part of the Zoloft multidistrict litigation being reviewed in the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Tragically, many innocent babies have sustained a variety of birth injuries as a result of the defective anti-depressant Zoloft. Our lawyers at Williams Kherkher work to defend the rights of those who have suffered due to the reckless actions of Pfizer; thus, if your child has been harmed due to Zoloft use during pregnancy, call 800-641-9810 today.

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Multdistrict ligitation Pretrial Order issued

Posted on March 4th, 2013 No Comments

A Pretrial Order that was issued recently set the first trial date for the Zoloft lawsuits in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, for October 13, 2014 tentatively. The order was issued on February 25.

The next schedule for Status Conference in the litigation was also recently set for April 2, 2013. Records show that some 250 Zoloft lawsuits in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania are pending. The lawsuits all accuse the anti-depressant drug Zoloft of heightening the risk of delivering babies with severe defects, like pulmonary hypertension, spina bifida, and other neural tube defects, when used during pregnancy.

Sadly, Zoloft, which was meant to provide necessary treatment for depression, has been found to cause serious repercussions for innocent children. In such a situation, victims may be entitled to be compensated for lost wages and other pain they or their family has suffered. At Williams Kherkher, our lawyers are committed to helping those who have been unfairly harmed by Zoloft seek legal restitution. Call 800-641-9810 to explore your options today.

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Pfizer Facing Charges over Zoloft Injuries to a Baby in 2008

Posted on February 11th, 2013 No Comments

Amisha Chatman, a local Indiana woman, filed charges against drug maker Pfizer, claiming that her baby suffered birth defects after she took Zoloft during pregnancy.

Chatman claims in a lawsuit she filed on January 15 that her baby suffered Supraventricular Tachycardia, which causes episodic rapid heart rate, when he was born because she took the anti-depressant drug Zoloft during the time she was pregnant with the baby. Chatman’s baby, Tyriq Wilson, was then required to have intensive medical treatment including regular heart rate monitoring. The complaint also states that Chatman’s baby will require surgery to repair the damage.

Both Chatman and her child continue to suffer emotionally as a result of what has happened to her baby after taking Zoloft during pregnancy.

The effects of a birth defect caused by the use of Zoloft during pregnancy can effect a child and their family for life. Speak with a lawyer from Williams Kherkher about filing a Zoloft lawsuit when your family has been affected in this way by calling 800-641-9810.

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250 Zoloft Cases Consolidated into Multi-District Litigation

Posted on January 14th, 2013 No Comments

Judge Cynthia M. Rufe is set to preside over a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case consisting of over 250 Zoloft cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

After it was discovered that Zoloft, an anti-depressant commonly used in the U.S., was the cause of serious birth defects for children born after their mother used the drug during pregnancy, many people throughout the U.S. have filed claims against Pfizer, Inc., Greenstone LLC, and Pfizer International LLC. Most recently, these companies – the defendants – have been informed how to respond to those filing the claims against them in the MDL. The procedure for responding is outlined in the Pretrial Order No. 16 issued by Judge Rufe.

Numbers of innocent children and families have been affected by the consequences of using Zoloft. If this is the case for you, contact a Zoloft lawsuit attorney of Williams Kherkher today by calling 800-641-9810.

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Boston study: Pregnant women with mild depression may not benefit from antidepressant use

Posted on November 6th, 2012 No Comments

A recent review on the topic of antidepressant use during pregnancy was done by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston IVF and published in the journal of Human Reproduction.

After the study, researchers took a stand on the topics and concluded that pregnant women that suffer from mild to moderate depression should skip out on using the popular antidepressants in question, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These antidepressants include Zoloft, Celexa and Prozac. They added that the risks may outweigh the benefits for those who only have mild symptoms of depression, but those who suffer from severe depression should speak to their doctor.

Researchers stated that there are no obvious benefits for women with mild to moderate depression to use antidepressants, but their are multiple risks. For example, the rate of miscarriage increases from 8 percent to 12-16 percent. Also, the chance that preterm labor will occur increases as well as the chance that the child will suffer from behavioral issues.

It was first thought that it may be more dangerous for a fetus to be exposed to increased stress hormones in the womb, which could occur from untreated depression. It is now thought by researchers in this review, that exposure to antidepressants may be more harmful. The study has caused a stir in the medical community.


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Study: Herbicide linked to development of birth defect

Posted on October 2nd, 2012 No Comments

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have completed a study that links a common herbicide known as atrazine to the development of birth defects.

Atrazine is the most widely used herbicide in the U.S., typically utilized for corn crops. The study found that women who live in counties where this herbicide is used the most are 80 percent more likely to give birth to a child with either choanal atresia or stenosis.

Choanal atresia is a defect where tissue blocks a child’s nasal passage on one or both sides of the airway. If a child is born with this condition, doctors may need to resuscitate the baby upon delivery. Surgery may also be required to remove the obstructing tissue.

Birth defects can be devastating as well as costly for a family. If your child developed a birth defect after you were prescribed an antidepressant such as Zoloft during pregnancy, contact the birth defect lawsuit lawyers of Williams Kherkher today by calling 800-641-9810.

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Zoloft listed as defendant in 19 West Virginia lawsuits

Posted on September 6th, 2012 No Comments

Nineteen plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against the maker of Zoloft after claiming that the use of this antidepressant during pregnancy caused their children to develop serious birth defects.

The plaintiffs are seeking punitive and compensatory damages for the suffering their children have endured as well as for the costs of surgeries and ongoing medical care.

The families have listed multiple birth defects in the lawsuits, including septal and atrial heart defects, neural tube defects, cleft lips and palates, and persistent pulmonary hypertension.

Zoloft was placed on the market in 1991 in order treat depression. It was later approved to treat anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. Since then, studies have shown that the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor may be linked to the development of birth defects when ingested during pregnancy.

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