Our attorneys are handling Depakote® lawsuits that involve side effects of the medication. The medication might increase an infant's risk of serious birth defects when women take the drug while pregnant. If you have experienced a side effect of the drug or if your child was born with a defect and you took the medicine during your pregnancy, you might be eligible to file a Depakote® lawsuit.
Contact our Depakote lawyers to schedule an evaluation of your case.
Depakote® Class Action Lawsuits
Because of the many serious side effects of taking the anti-seizure medication Depakote® (divalproex sodium), some lawyers are accepting clients who may become part of a class action lawsuit against the drug's maker, Abbott Laboratories.
Depakote® is prescribed not only to treat epileptic seizures, but also to treat the mania of bipolar disease and to prevent migraines. Divalproex sodium is the generic form. It is sold under the following brand names Depakote®, Depakote® ER and Depakote® Sprinkles.
Some of the most serious side effects of Depakote® include:
- Severe damage to the liver
- Severe damage to the pancreas
- Certain dangerous birth defects
- Thoughts of suicide
If you or your child has suffered serious side effects after taking divalproex sodium, you may want to contact a lawyer to discuss your situation and what course of action to taking, including filing an individual lawsuit or becoming part of a class action lawsuit.
Depakote® Birth Defect Lawsuit
Some of the critical side effects of divalproex sodium include injury to unborn children. Numerous birth defects have been linked to Depakote®, Depakote® ER and Depakote® Sprinkles. The most severe is spina bifida, in which the spine is not completely enclosed before birth.
A recent study indicates there might be a small risk of autism in the child of a mother taking Depakote® during pregnancy. Other problems in the baby connected to Depakote® during pregnancy are:
- Too many fingers or toes
- Underdevelopment of the right side of the heart
- Abnormally formed ribs
- Undescended testicles
- Cleft palate
- Hypospadias (a defect causing the misplacement of the urethra in male infants)
- Death of the fetus
- Growth retardation
You might want to contact a lawyer if you took Depakote® during your pregnancy and then had a child born with a birth defect. Your lawyer can talk to you about the possibility of filing a Depakote® lawsuit to be compensated for the pain and suffering you have endured for having a baby with birth defects.
Depakote® Spina Bifida Lawsuits
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists Depakote® as a Category D pregnancy drug. This means that it is known that the drug can cause birth defects and should be used by pregnant women only if it is essential to treat their condition and no alternative treatment exists. Spina bifida is the most serious birth defect divalproex sodium has been linked to.
If your child has been born with this severe condition that can cause paralysis and result in death, you should speak with a Depakote® lawyer to discuss the merits of a spina bifida lawsuit in your particular situation. Our Depakote® attorneys offer free case evaluations for people who think they might have a claim.