Polydactyly is a congenital defect characterized by the baby having extra fingers and/or toes. The extra fingers are usually smaller, abnormally developed or poorly attached. However, some extra digits may be functional. There are many different forms of polydactyly.
Depakote: A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that prenatal exposure to the epilepsy drug Depakote may increase a baby’s risk of developing polydactyly by 7 times, compared to other antiepileptic treatments.
Because polydactyly differs from case to case, treatment may also vary. However, surgery is the most common option for treatment. Surgery usually entails removing the extra digit and correcting any associated problems with what remains. The surgery may be complicated by the structure of the extra digit and surrounding anatomy.
Your Baby’s Rights
If your baby was born with polydactyly that may have been caused by exposure to Depakote 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.