I took a prescription drug in Los Angeles while I was pregnant. I believe my child was harmed as a result. Can I sue my doctor or the drug company?

I’m very sorry to hear of your child’s medical issues. Pregnant women must be careful with the medications they consume. Medications can be absorbed through the placenta by the fetus. Doctors who are treating pregnant women must be sure that any medications they prescribe will be safe for both the mother and the unborn child.

During pregnancy, the placenta delivers nutrients and minerals that the fetus needs to grow and develop. However, toxins and chemicals can also travel through the placenta. Pregnant women are cautioned not to smoke or drink during pregnancy, as these behaviors can harm the fetus. Also, medications that are prescribed to pregnant women must have scientific evidence proving that they are safe for the unborn child.

If an unborn child is exposed to toxic chemicals or medications that are unsafe, the child could be born with developmental delays, deformities, or medical conditions that could require long-term medical treatment. Doctors and drug companies must take steps to ensure that fetuses are not harmed by dangerous prescription medications.

Unfortunately, there have been a number of prescription medications over the years that have later been shown to be dangerous to fetuses. In many cases, these issues were only discovered after children were born with birth defects, some of which were very serious or fatal.

If you believe that your child was harmed as a result of a prescription drug that you consumed during pregnancy, you should speak with an attorney. You may have legal actions you could take against the drug company or the doctor who prescribed the drugs. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.