About Our Antidepressant Birth Defects Attorneys

The law firms of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman represents the parents of children who have died or are currently suffering from antidepressant-induced birth defects, (including heart defects, neural-tube defects [brain and spinal cord], craniosynostosis [abnormally shaped skull], infant omphalocele [abdominal wall defects], club feet, anal atresia and PPHN) related to antidepressant drugs.

Baum Hedlund maintains the highest AV® peer review legal rating and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, a registered trademark of Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC.

The Antidepressant Birth Defects Attorneys of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman

About Baum, Hedlund Aristei & Goldman

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, managed by senior partner Michael Baum, has the longest track-record handling SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) antidepressant litigation, having litigated more antidepressant cases in the past 20 years than any other law firm in the country.

Members of the firm have served as leaders on plaintiffs’ steering committees (PSC) that manage complex multi-district litigation arising from pharmaceutical and drug manufacturer negligence and currently serve on the PSC for the Heparin Products Liability Litigation and provide support to the PSCs for the Avandia mass tort litigation. Baum Hedlund also served as Lead Counsel for the Paxil Products Liability Litigation MDL, and as a member of the Fialuridine Product Liability MDL in Washington, D.C. and the Prozac Product Liability MDL out of Indianapolis.

Focusing a major part of its practice on drug product liability, the firm has represented victims of defective drugs since the late 1980s. Since 1990, Baum Hedlund has been handling SSRI antidepressant cases and served on the first SSRI-suicide litigation PSC in the early 1990s, involving Prozac, which was the first SSRI approved by the FDA for marketing in the U.S.

The firm has been litigating significant catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death product liability cases for over two decades, including airline and aircraft faulty parts and products, train and bus product failure, building construction flaws, and innumerable defective pharmaceutical product liability cases against defendants such as, Alpha Therapeutic, Armour Pharmaceutical Co., Baxter Health Care Corp, Bayer Corp, Ciba-Geigy, Covidien, Cutter Biologicals, Eli Lilly, Forest Labs, GlaxoSmithKline, Marion Merrell Dow/Richardson-Merrell, Merck, Oclassen, Pfizer, Schering-Plough, Sigma Aldrich, Solvay Pharmaceuticals and Wyeth.

The firm has filed lawsuits and currently represents families of children from across the United States who have suffered PPHN and heart birth defects due to their mothers’ use of antidepressants during pregnancy.

Baum Hedlund has also filed Paxil suicide lawsuits across the country involving both children and adults including a nationwide class action involving false promotion of Paxil as safe and effective for children and adolescents. Attorneys Michael Baum and Nicole Maldonado are on the team handling our antidepressant birth defect and PPHN cases.

Past efforts by Baum Hedlund and others have resulted in improvements in drug safety including the FDA black box suicide warning issued on certain antidepressants. Thousands of clients from every state in the United States and six continents have been successfully represented by Baum Hedlund.

The firm has been on the prevailing side of some of the nation’s most highly-publicized cases. Such litigation involves complex evidence and choice of law issues which have been routinely handled by the firm in both state and federal courts. Many of Baum Hedlund’s attorneys have delivered Continuing Legal Education accredited lectures and written articles on the many complex issues involved in pharmaceutical litigation. Their attorneys have tried well over 200 cases in their careers.

Baum Hedlund has offices in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and is able to communicate in Spanish, German and Farsi.

Every day babies come into this world with serious birth defects requiring immediate surgeries or entire heart transplants; and to think, such tragedies are completely avoidable. Pharmaceutical companies and their dangerous drugs that are associated with such irreversible and life-threatening harm should and must pay for their wrongs.

Because Baum Hedlund has been representing victims of antidepressants in personal injury and wrongful death cases for decades, we have seen, first hand, the harm antidepressants can cause and we are extremely motivated by our clients’ tragic stories. In our representation of our clients, we dig deep into drug company files to discover the truth about what the company knew about the drug’s risks, when the company knew of those risks and what efforts, if any, the company took to hide those risks. Only through legal action can anyone gain access to this information. We fight hard to get this information into the public domain to prevent others from having to endure similar tragedies.

The makers of the film Who Cares in Sweden interviewed Michael Baum, the senior managing partner of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, about the rampant use of SSRI antidepressants in Sweden and the rest of the western world.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Health Advisory December 8, 2005 based on U.S. and Swedish studies showing that exposure to antidepressants in the first trimester of pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of heart birth defects. Most of the cardiac defects observed in these studies were atrial or ventricular septal defects, conditions in which the wall between the right and left sides of the heart is not completely developed.

Because SSRIs have  a similar side effect profile generally, we are investigating whether or not antidepressants such as Celexa and Lexapro cause the same birth defects. We represent many families whose children have heart birth defects where their mother’s were on one of these antidepressants during pregnancy.

To join in lawsuits being filed concerning SSRI related heart defects contact a Baum Hedlund attorney at 800-827-0087 or fill out our case form as soon as possible.