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Expecting New York Mothers’ Worst Nightmare: Birth Injuries

Expecting New York mothers know how important delivering a safe and healthy baby is. They want an uncomplicated delivery, and the thought of their baby experiencing a birth injury is often their worst nightmare. Birth injuries can impact families for a lifetime. A recent study reveals that pregnant women may therefore want to avoid taking the drug Paxil due to the associated risks.

What is Paxil and What Does It Do?

Paxil is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant. It is commonly used to treat depression and social anxiety. A Canadian study, published by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, claims that women taking Paxil while they are pregnant increase the risk of harm to their developing fetus. Specifically, the study says Paxil increases the risk of high blood pressure in women by 80 percent.

Women with high blood pressure can give birth to babies with a serious condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. This means the infants are born with abnormal flow of blood and air through their lungs and heart. As a result, they do not receive enough oxygen.

Pharmaceutical Companies and Birth Injuries

Unfortunately, birth injuries are more common than people think. Newborns may experience brain injuries, mental retardation or even death due to negligence from various sources.

Pharmaceutical companies may also be held liable for certain birth injuries if they recommend drugs for use during and after pregnancy that they know can cause injury - known in the legal arena as "product liability."

For instance, the maker of Paxil paid $2.4 billion to settle claims, some of them brought by mothers who alleged that use of the drug during their pregnancies resulted in their children being born with health problems.

If your newborn is experiencing complications due to birth injury, an experienced personal injury attorney can provide support and guidance. They can provide necessary assistance with seeking compensation for both the injured child and the family.

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