Scoliosis, or the abnormal curvature of the spine, affects 2% to 3% of the U.S. population, or approximately 6 to 9 people in the country. Although the onset of scoliosis usually appears between ages 10 and 15, some develop this disease during infancy or early childhood. When signs and symptoms of scoliosis appear between birth and 3 years of age, it is called infantile scoliosis.
Your baby might be suffering from scoliosis if:
- A bulge appears on one side of the chest
- The baby consistently lies curved on one side
- The baby is suffering from conditions affecting the lungs or the heart
- The baby is difficult to feed because of shortness of breath
- The baby is restless or irritated because of chest pain
Several studies have shown links between infantile scoliosis and the migraine drug Depakote taken during pregnancy. If you believe your child’s scoliosis has resulted from taking this drug, our team of defective pharmaceutical attorneys at Williams Kherkher is here to help assess your situation. Call us at (888) 220-0640 to learn if your circumstances qualify you to file a claim against the manufacturer involved.
The verdict, won by Williams Kherkher attorneys and partners including John Eddie, John Boundas, Sejal Brahmbhatt, Margot Trevino, and Brian Abramson, continues to reverberate in the legal community and make national news. This award includes $23 million in punitive damages in addition to $15 million in compensatory damages. Expect more coverage in the coming weeks. This is a great verdict, and exemplifies the jury trial leadership for which Williams Kherkher is known.
The verdict against Abbott was due to the fact that Abbott underplayed the risk of birth defects, making it appear that Depakote had about the same level as other anti-epileptic drugs available. As John Eddie and John were able to argue, in reality it was the most dangerous anti-epileptic drug.
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Depakote is an anti-convulsant drug prescribed to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorders, and migraines. Overtime, however, Abbott Laboratories Inc. has experienced fierce criticism over allegations that the drug may cause a host of brain defects in babies born to mothers who took the drug while pregnant.
In a Danish study of 665,000 children who were monitored for 10 years, researchers found that mothers who took Depakote had a 4.42% chance of having a child with autism. This is significantly higher compared to the 1.02% chance in mothers who did not take the drug. Scientists believe that because Depakote impacts the early development of the nervous system, infants exposed to this drug in utero are at risk of brain injury while in the womb, which increases their risk of autism.
More and more lawsuits are being filed against the maker of Depakote for allegedly causing brain and spinal defects. If you believe taking Depakote has endangered your child’s health, consult with an attorney at Williams Kherkher to learn more about the possibility of filing a case. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for a free case assessment today.
Williams Kherkher attorney Sejal Brahmbhatt will be speaking next month at the Mass Torts Made Perfect seminar taking place in Las Vegas, NV. The conference will run from October 9-11, and Sejal is scheduled to speak at 3:15 pm on Thursday, October 10th, and will be discussing the latest news regarding Depakote lawsuits.
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