A mother who is taking some the country’s most popular anti-depressants or some regularly used anti-epilepsy drugs has an increased risk of giving birth to a child with birth defects affecting the baby’s skeletal system. If this has happened to your baby, you need to get help.
Multiple surgeries can be needed to repair these defects and the side effects can last for years, if not a lifetime. These birth defects can also affect your baby’s appearance.
Common anti-depressants have been linked to skeletal birth defects. Some popular anti-epilepsy drugs such as Depakote have been shown to greatly increase chances of skeletal defects to your baby as well. The lawyers at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm can hold the makers of these drugs accountable.
If your child has born with a skeletal defect because of a drug you took during pregnancy, know that you are not alone.
This is when a baby’s foot is twisted out of shape or out of position. This can occur in otherwise healthy babies. Surgery may be avoided if an alternative treatment is started immediately. Some methods involving stretching and casting the foot every week for several weeks. Once the foot has been corrected, infants must wear a cast for several weeks. If stretching and casting the foot does not work, surgery may be required. Children with clubfoot will typically wear a brace at night for two years following treatment.
This is when a baby is born with extra fingers or toes. The extra fingers are usually smaller than the others and can be poorly developed or poorly attached. Some of the extra digits can be functional. There are many forms of polydactyly. It’s been reported that a pregnant mother who takes the anti-epilepsy drug Depakote is about 7 times more likely to give birth to a child with polydactyly than pregnant women taking other anti-epilepsy drugs. Treatment for this defect varies from case to case. Surgery is the most common treatment, although complications can arise.
As you can see, skeletal defects, while typically not life-threatening, can leave your child in pain and set up for multiple surgeries and extensive treatment. If you’re child suffers from any of these defects or another one that was not listed and you took an SSRI or anti-epilepsy drug while pregnant, you may be entitled to a substantial settlement. While it cannot take the pain away from you or your baby, it can help get life back to as normal as it can be.