Ventricular Septal Defect

Chances are that you or someone you love has been prescribed Zofran at some time in the recent past. Zofran is a powerful and popular drug that is routinely prescribed to treat individuals with nausea and vomiting. Originally designed only to treat nausea and vomiting associated with recent surgeries and chemotherapy, the lack of effective anti-nausea drugs on the market led to many doctors prescribing Zofran “off-label” for use by patients not originally intended to be treated with Zofran. One such group to whom Zofran was prescribed was pregnant women struggling with symptoms of morning sickness like nausea and vomiting.

Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration has never approved Zofran for use by pregnant women. Furthermore, a host of studies are showing that Zofran use while pregnant increases the risk of a child being born with congenital heart defects such as ventricular septal defects.

What is a Ventricular Septal Defect?

A ventricular septal defect (VSD) is one type of congenital heart defect that is linked to Zofran use. It is literally a “hole in the heart”; an opening in the wall that separates the septum, or lower chambers of the heart. This allows blood to pass from the left to the right side of the heart. Blood then gets pumped to the lungs instead of the body, which in turn causes the heart to work harder.

Some VSDs are small and can resolve themselves; however, other VSDs are large and require surgery or other medical treatments to correct. Signs and symptoms that your baby has a VSD include:

  • The baby fails to eat;
  • The baby fails to thrive or fails to gain weight;
  • The baby appears to breathe fast or experience breathlessness;
  • The baby tires easily while eating or playing; or
  • The baby cannot breathe while eating or crying.

How Can a Zofran Birth Defects Lawsuit Benefit Me?

If your or a loved one’s baby was born with VSD or any other birth defect, you likely experienced a great deal of emotional suffering along with significant medical expenses. You may also have missed several days or weeks from work, resulting in a loss of income. These are all expenses that can be recovered through a Zofran birth defect lawsuits. Because these lawsuits can be complex in nature, the assistance of an experienced attorney is recommended and can increase the chances of recovering compensation.

Contact Us After a Zofran-Related Birth Defect

If you or a loved one took Zofran as prescribed by a doctor while you were pregnant and your child was born with VSD or any other congenital heart defect, it is important that you speak with us right away. We will review your case for free and, if you have a claim for damages, will take your case on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not owe any fees or costs upfront. Your time to file a Zofran birth defects lawsuit is limited, however, so contact us right away at 1-800-883-9858.