Injured Zoloft users have filed many lawsuits against Zoloft’s manufacturer, Pfizer Inc. An injured Zoloft user may file a personal injury lawsuit to recover for damages.
Zoloft was approved by the FDA only to treat depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and panic disorder. In 1996, the Federal Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications warned Pfizer to stop marketing Zoloft for off-label uses. It is illegal to market a drug for non-FDA approved uses.
Recent Zoloft Lawsuits
In 1999, a Zoloft lawsuit gained media attention when a Zoloft user, Brynn Hartman killed her husband, comedian Phil Hartman, and then killed herself. The lawsuit on behalf of Mr. Hartman’s estate alleged that Mrs. Hartman’s Zoloft use caused her to engage in violent behavior and take her husband’s life. The lawsuit alleged Pfizer did not adequately warn Mrs. Hartman of Zoloft’s side effects. Pfizer settled the lawsuit with the estate for an undisclosed amount.
In 2004, a lawsuit was brought on behalf of injured California consumers against Pfizer under California’s Unfair Competition Laws. The Zoloft lawsuit alleged that Pfizer misled users by withholding evidence about Zoloft’s:
- lack of efficacy compared to sugar pills
- dependency and withdrawal risks
- increased risk of violent and suicidal behavior
Zoloft Lawsuits Recoveries
Injured Zoloft users may recover damages for their expenses and other non-monetary losses. Zoloft lawsuit recoveries may include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
If you or a loved one has been injured by a Zoloft side effect, please contact us today to learn about your legal rights and options.