New York City Depakote Lawsuit Lawyer
Ten years ago, Christina Raquel gave birth to a boy, Stevie Gonzalez. While his entrance into the world was joyful, the baby suffered from spina bifida, an incurable birth defect in which the spinal cord of a baby does not develop correctly.
Only after the birth defect was discovered did Raquel find out that the medicine she was taking to treat her bipolar disorder, Depakote, had been linked to an array of serious birth defects.
This June, Raquel took her dangerous drug case to court, and a jury awarded her son $15 million for his medical costs, his disabilities, his lost future wages and his pain and suffering. The award will be paid by AbbVie Inc., the company that markets and sells the drug.
If you have experienced a similar situation, contact our New York City Depakote lawsuit attorney as soon as possible for legal advice on what your options are.
Facts About Depakote
Generic name: Valproate
Treatments for: Epilepsy, other seizure disorders, the manic phases of bipolar disorder, migraine headaches.
Possible side effects: Nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, dry mouth, liver complications, pancreatitis, and increased risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. For pregnant women, serious birth defects.
FDA Approval: 1983
Manufacturer: Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie Inc.
Application: Intravenous or oral
A Dangerous Drug: Depakote And Birth Defects
Depakote is an anticonvulsant that has been used for the treatment of an array of disorders since it was approved by the Food & Drug Administration in 1983. The drug was originally manufactured to treat seizures but has more recently been used in the treatment of the manic phase of bipolar disorder as well as chronic migraines.
Since its widespread use began, evidence mounted that the drug had a number of side effects, some mild and some more serious. The most disturbing of all was that when taken by pregnant women, it could produce a variety of birth defects, including:
- Spina bifida and other spinal defects
- Brain defects
- Malformation of the head and face
- Cardiovascular defects
- Lower IQ scores
In fact, babies whose mothers continued to take the drug while pregnant began to have babies with fetal valproate syndrome, a cluster of birth defects that create specific facial deformities such as:
- High forehead
- Flat nasal bridge
- Broad nasal root
- Long upper lip
- Eyebrow deficiency
In 2012, Abbott agreed to pay $1.6 billion in fines for promoting Depakote for uses that were not approved by the FDA. Then, in 2013, the FDA released a warning that women of childbearing age should not take Depakote for migraines because of the risk of birth defects.
Now, women across the country are filing lawsuits to get compensation and justice for their children — and many of them are winning.
Free Consultation | NYC Depakote Attorney
Caring for a child with health conditions can be overwhelming, expensive and time-consuming. At the same time, a child with permanent disabilities may face a lifetime of medical costs and assistance. It is absolutely imperative that you and your child get the compensation you need and deserve if your child’s birth defects should have been prevented.
If you were taking Depakote while pregnant and your child suffered a birth defect, you should talk to a lawyer about a possible defective drug lawsuit. Women across the country are coming together to tell their story, file suits, and get the support and justice they need and deserve.
At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, we are committed to helping families fight back against Big Pharma and secure the compensation they are owned. We offer all families a free, confidential consultation so that you can find out more about your case, ask questions, and tell your story. To learn more, or to schedule your meeting with a defective drug attorney, please contact our offices by calling 212-897-1988 or filling out our short contact form.