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Attention Women in Los Angeles with infants injured from your use of Prozac or Zoloft


If your child was born with a cardiac defect, cleft lip or palate, club foot, craniosynostosis or other physical injury you have two choices:


  1. You can call one of those law firms located out of state and discuss your personal medical history over the phone with an unknown intake clerk, or
  2. You can call Higher Legal located right here in Los Angeles and meet personally with a female attorney who specializes in Prozac and Zoloft drug cases and who understands the privacy you need and deserve.   


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If your child experienced these complications from the use of Prozac (before 2001) or Zoloft (before 2006), or if you were taking the drug before or during the first trimester of pregnancy and your child was born a cardiac defect, cleft lip or palate, club foot, craniosynostosis or other physical injury, please fill out the SEND ME A MESSAGE form on the right and we will help you. Our consultations are FREE and completely confidential. There are time limitations on filing a case, so please act immediately.


Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are used as antidepressants in the treatment of depression and anxiety and include Prozac and Zoloft.  They are classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as potentially causing harm to a developing fetus if it is used during pregnancy.  These drugs cross the placenta and have been associated in human studies with congenital malformations in newborns.  A recent study published in Clinical Epidemiology, found that taking SSRI’s while pregnant doubles the risk of birth defects. The study looked at over 200,000 pregnant women from Denmark and found that the risk of serious heart malformations was more than doubled when a pregnant women took these drugs in the first trimester of pregnancy.  This is the third study showing heart defects are significantly increased with use of the drug in pregnancy.  Pregnant mothers who use these medications are at risk of pregnancy complications resulting in a variety of serious birth defects including heart and lung defects, cleft lip and palate and skull abnormalities.  The litigation for these drugs is ongoing. Eli Lilly is facing hundreds of Prozac birth defect lawsuits and is expected to face many more in the future.  More than 92 federal lawsuits alleging birth defects caused by the antidepressant Zoloft and its generic version sertraline were centralized April 17 before Judge Cynthia M. Rufe in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.


Higher Legal is the only local service certified through the California State Bar that assists victims in this area, is a Certified Benefit Corporation and specializes in helping people find honest and exceptional lawyers in their time of need.

Medication Mix-Up at Walgreens
Causes Wrongful Death

Walgreens faces a suit for wrongful death filed by the estate of Mary Moore.  The suit claims that a Walgreens pharmacist gave Mrs. Moore the wrong medication.  Her high blood pressure medication Hydralazine was mistakenly replaced with an anthihistamine, Hydroxyzine.  The suit claims that Hydroxyzine is a high risk medication for Moore’s conditions which include high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and kidney failure.  The medication mix-up went unnoticed for two weeks before the pharmacy was able to realize the mistake. Moore’s estate seeks compensation and punitive damages.

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Higher Legal Attorney wins
“Trial Lawyer of the Year”

Higher Legal panel lawyer, Brian Panish, has been named the “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”). This award is considered to be California’s highest honor among trial attorneys.

Brian Panish worked with Daniel Amos, founder of  Higher Legal, when they were at the prominent plaintiff’s firm now known as Greene, Broillet & Wheeler. Mr. Panish is now a partner at Panish, Shea & Boyle in Los Angeles. Mr. Panish has been a Higher Legal panel attorney since the inception of the company in 2008.

Recently Mr. Panish obtained a record jury verdict of over Twenty-One Million Dollars in favor of an Iraq War Navy veteran who suffered catastrophic injury in an automobile accident caused by a negligent Hillyard, Inc. driver. This groundbreaking case, Michael Nelsen v. Hillyard, Inc., et al., was included in the Daily Journal Top Plaintiff Verdicts of 2009.

Higher Legal is a California State Bar certified lawyer referral service that specializes in matching people with the very best personal injury lawyers in California and then monitoring their case from start to finish to make sure they receive the very best representation available. Higher Legal is able to open the doors to many of the state’s top law firms in all types of personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, medical malpractice, elder abuse, wrongful termination, insurance bad faith claims, asbestos/mesothelioma cases,  pharmaceutical actions and mass torts.