Depakote Spina Bifida Side Effect Lawyers
Depakote is an anti-seizure medication prescribed to treat patients who suffer from epilepsy or seizures. Scientists have concluded that women taking Depakote while they are pregnant are at a higher risk of their babies suffering from neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida. Neural tube defects are birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord; spinal bifida is a birth defect affecting the spinal cord that causes paralysis of the legs.
Our dangerous drug attorneys are helping families nationwide by filing Depakote lawsuits and Depakote side effects lawsuits on behalf of victims and their families across the United States. We represent every Depakote spina bifida lawsuit client on a contingent fee basis, meaning there are absolutely no legal fees or costs unless you recover money.
Call us at 1-888-554-2889 to speak to our product liability lawyers personally. We offer:
- A free, no-obligation case evaluation with a Depakote attorney
- No fee unless we win your case
- Flexible appointments
- Home and hospital visits
What is Depakote (divalproex sodium)?
Depakote is prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of conditions including:
- Manic depression
- Petite mal seizures
- Convulsive seizures
- Epileptic seizures
- Migraine headaches
- Bipolar depression
- Bipolar 1 disorder and bipolar disorder in remission
- Rapid cycle manic-depression
- Tonic-clonic epilepsy
- Simple partial seizures
Side Effects of Taking Depakote While Pregnant
Studies have shown that babies who were exposed to Depakote while the mother was taking the seizure medication in her first trimester had twelve (12) times the chance of being born with a neural tube defect like spina bifida than the babies that were not exposed to Depakote. This study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and also showed that there are five (5) other birth defects that could be linked to women taking Depakote while they were pregnant. However, for some women, the information and warnings might have come too late.
Birth Defects Linked to Depakote
Depakote is proven to cause some birth defects in babies whose mothers took Depakote for various conditions while they were pregnant. If your child has suffered from any of the birth defects listed below, our product liability lawyers can help protect your legal rights. Birth defects linked to Depakote include:
- Atrial Septal Defect
- Cleft Palate
- Hypospadias (this is when the opening of the urethra in boys is in the wrong spot)
- Craniosynostosis (this is when the bones in the skull close too early)
- Polydactyly (baby is born with more than 5 fingers on each hand)
- Spina Bifida
- Hypoplastic right heart (underdeveloped right side of the heart)
- Undescended Testes
- Hand Malformations
- Dysplastic (abnormally developed) Ribs
- Death of the fetus
If your baby was born with any of these birth defects after taking Depakote while you were pregnant, you may be eligible to recover significant compensation from the seizure drug’s manufacturer, Abbott Laboratories, Inc. Our personal injury lawyers are experienced at helping Depakote side effect victims and can help you get all of the information that you need to find out if you are eligible for compensation to assist your family with caring for your child's birth defect.
Free Case Evaluation by an Experienced Depakote Lawyer
If you took Depakote during preganancy and your child was born with spina bifida or another neural tube birth defect, please call us right away to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in defective pharmaceutical litigation and dangerous drug side effect lawsuits. We can help you and your family to get the justice and compensation you need and deserve.
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