Mental deficiencies, or mental retardation, is a general term for disorders characterized by significantly lessened cognitive (thinking) ability and deficits in two or more adaptive behaviors. It is defined as having components relating to mental capability as well as a person’s functional skills in their environment.
Depakote: Maternal use of the anti-epilepsy drug Depakote has been shown to increase a baby’s risk of developing mental deficiencies. A study presented at an annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology showed that toddlers who had been prenatally exposed to Depakote scored seven to eight points lower on IQ tests than those whose mothers were treated with other epilepsy drugs while pregnant. The study also showed that toddlers who were exposed to Depakote in utero are twice as likely to score in the IQ range associated with mental retardation.
As mental retardation is a disability rather than a disease, there is no “cure.” However, there are many programs for people with developmental disabilities. Depending on the extent of the disability, toddlers who are diagnosed with mental deficiencies may go on to lead productive lives.
Your Baby’s Rights
If your baby has developed mental deficiencies that may have been caused by exposure to prescription drugs 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.