Anotia and microtia are congenital (present at birth) defects of the ear. The ear is comprised of three parts – the internal, middle and external parts. Microtia involves the eternal portion of the ear (the auricle), in which there is a narrowing or absence of the external auditory canal. Microtia may also feature a small, but otherwise normal, external ear or serious structural defect of the external ear. Anotia refers to the complete absence of the auricle, or external ear. The majority of cases of microtia or anotia only affect one ear.
Clomid: Babies prenatally exposed to the fertility drug Clomid have a more than doubled risk of developing microtia or anotia, compared to unexposed babies, according to the ongoing National Birth Defects Prevention Study conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This is not a life-threatening condition, but it does require surgical reconstruction to correct. The first thing doctors will test is the baby’s hearing, especially in the affected ear, to determine if hearing aids are necessary. Although cosmetic reconstruction is important, the priority is to ensure the child the best hearing ability to maximize brain and speech development. Various tests can be performed to determine the child’s hearing capacity as well as to assess the anatomy of the bony structures and middle and inner ears. Because of the variance in severity of the condition, treatment plans will be unique to each child. Typically reconstructive surgery will be put off until the child is 4 to 10 years old, because the surgery is difficult and can only be performed once, due to scar tissue formation.
Your Baby’s Rights
If your baby was born with microtia or anotia that may have been caused by exposure to Clomid before birth, your family deserves financial compensation. Although no amount of money will change what happened to your baby, compensation will help offset the current and future medical costs, as well as provide for the pain and suffering you and your baby have experienced. Filing a claim will also teach the manufacturers of unsafe medications that it is unacceptable to not warn parents of the risks associated with these drugs, including serious birth defects. Your suit may even prevent other families from suffering as yours has, by forcing the pharmaceutical company to change their drug’s label to warn parents of the potential risks.
You may be eligible for compensation to ease the financial burdens associated with your baby’s injury. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, during which we will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal rights and options. If you choose us to represent you, we will work with you on a contingency fee basis; this means you pay nothing until we have secured compensation for you, either through a jury verdict or settlement.