Depakote and Spina Bifida
The prescription drug Depakote has been used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. However, despite its benefits, Depakote has the potential to cause devastating birth defects in children born to mothers who used the drug while pregnant. Depakote has been linked to brain defects, facial defects, spinal defects, and more. Spina bifida and scoliosis are among the most serious side effects associated with Depakote, and both will have a lasting impact on a child’s life.
If you took Depakote while pregnant and your child was born afflicted with spina bifida or scoliosis, an experienced attorney may be able to help you pursue financial compensation from the makers of the drug. The Depakote birth defect attorneys of Williams Kherkher are committed to helping families to see justice done for the difficulties that they must now endure. Contact us at (888) 220-0640.
Effects of Spina Bifida and Scoliosis
The most common spinal defects caused by Depakote are spina bifida and scoliosis. Spina bifida occurs when the neural tube fails to close, causing the spinal cord to stick through unfused vertebrae. The complications associated with this condition include:
- Impaired mobility
- Limb defects
- Heightened risk for severe infection
- Chronic pain
Scoliosis can also cause significant problems. But unlike spina bifida, scoliosis may be treatable. Scoliosis causes the spine to be curved, and without treatment, can be permanent. Unfortunately, some cases of scoliosis are not fully correctable.
It is important for families who are dealing with severe spinal defects after prenatal Depakote use to understand that they do not have to face these challenges alone. For a capable and committed ally in your Depakote lawsuit, contact the birth defect lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling (888) 220-0640 today.