Feldman & Pinto’s Philadelphia drug injury lawyers are evaluating Depakote drug injury cases from people who have suffered injuries from Depakote side effects. Depakote is an anti-seizure drug made by Abbott Laboratories and used to treat:

  • epilepsy
  • bipolar disease, and
  • migraines

Depakote use is linked to serious birth defects in children of women who took the drug during pregnancy, including:

  • spina bifeda
  • scoliosis
  • impaired cognitive development
  • hydrocephaly
  • anencephaly
  • hydroencephaly
  • craniostenosis
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • aortic stenosis
  • ventricular septal defects
  • cleft lip and cleft palate
  • other spinal, brain, and heart defects and skull and facial malformations

Each one of these birth defects can be life threatening and may result in:

  • chronic pain
  • need for corrective surgeries
  • lifelong disabilities, and
  • other associated impairments

Depakote drug injury lawsuits brought against the drug maker allege that the company:

  • knew that Depakote raised risks of serious birth defects in children of women who used the drug while pregnant, and
  • failed to adequately warn doctors and consumers of these risks

Depakote Risks

Sales of Depakote began in 1983. In 2006, the FDA required a black box warning regarding the potential for birth defects associated with Depakote. In 2009, the FDA added specific warnings of:

  • neural tube
  • heart, and
  • craniofacial birth defects

In 2011, the FDA required another update, warning of the risk of decreased cognitive function associated with Depakote use.

Depakote drug injury lawsuits filed against Abbott Laboratories seek financial compensation for birth defects caused by Depakote.

Feldman & Pinto Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers also hold doctors legally responsible for patients’ Depakote injuries caused by their negligent care. Doctors need to keep an eye on their patients’ reactions to dangerous drugs such as Depakote. If someone sustains Depakote injuries because a doctor does not provide this care, a court may order the doctor to pay damages to the patient in a medical malpractice action.

Contact a Philadelphia Depakote Drug Injury Lawyer

You may be entitled to money damages if your child was born with a birth defect after your use of Depakote during pregnancy. Please contact us to learn more about filing a Depakote drug injury lawsuit. Our personal injury lawyers can help you obtain the compensation and justice you and your child deserve.