Research shows that babies whose mothers took certain opioid painkillers, such as codeine, while pregnant are more likely to develop serious birth defects.
Codeine is an opioid painkiller that is prescribed for mild to moderately severe pain. Opioid painkillers, such as codeine, have been linked to many serious and life-threatening congenital (present at birth) defects, including:
- Conoventricular Septal Heart Defects – Nearly tripled risk
- Atrioventricular Septal Heart Defects – Doubled risk
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome – More than doubled risk
- Spina Bifida – Doubled risk
- Gastroschisis – Nearly doubled risk
Study Links Codeine to Defects
Use of codeine during pregnancy can cause the unborn baby to develop birth defects like the ones above. This is according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Your Baby’s Rights
If your baby was born with one or more congenital defects that may have been caused by exposure to codeine or another painkiller before birth, your family deserves financial compensation. No amount of money can change what happened to your baby. Compensation will help offset the current and future medical costs. It will also provide for the pain and suffering you and your baby have experienced.
Filing a claim will also teach the manufacturers of unsafe medications that it is unacceptable to not warn parents of the risks associated with these drugs. This includes serious birth defects. Your suit may even prevent other families from suffering as yours has. Your suit will force pharmaceutical companies to change their drug’s label to warn parents of the potential risks.
You may be eligible for compensation to ease the financial burdens associated with your baby’s injury. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, during which we will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal rights and options. If you choose us to represent you, we will work with you on a contingency fee basis; this means you pay nothing until we have secured compensation for you, either through a jury verdict or settlement.
The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is dedicated to obtaining justice on behalf of the babies and their parents who have been harmed by huge pharmaceutical corporations. Principal lawyer Michael Brady Lynch was born with a congenital heart defect that required extensive surgery to correct. He knows how it feels to bear the burden of a lifelong scar and painful memories and is passionate about helping infants and families who have dealt with similar circumstances.
The experienced trial attorneys of The Michael Brady Lynch Firm skillfully and tenaciously fight for the maximum compensation, while providing full support to your family every step of the way. Our firm has access to the medical experts and resources necessary to build a powerful claim on each client’s behalf. As true consumer advocates, we are determined to make a difference in the lives of our clients and for the safety of our community.