Hypospadias is a congenital defect that occurs when the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis, instead of at the tip. The urethra is the tip through which urine exits a baby boy’s body.
Depakote: The risk of developing hypospadias for babies prenatally exposed to antiepileptic drug Depakote was increased by nearly 5 times when compared to unexposed babies, according to the New England Medical Journal.
Clomid: Maternal use of the fertility drug Clomid has been shown to increase a baby’s risk of developing hypospadias by 50 percent. This increased risk was indicated in the ongoing National Birth Defects Prevention Study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Treatment of hypospadias involves surgery to reposition the urethral opening. Sometimes it’s also necessary to straighten the shaft of the penis. The surgeon will use tissue grafts from the foreskin or the inside of the mouth to reconstruct the urinary channel. Surgery has a very high success rate, and most babies will have normal or near-normal function and appearance.
Your Baby’s Rights
If your baby was born with hypospadias 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.