Physicians prescribe Depakote to patients suffering from a variety of neurological and psychological conditions, including mood disorders, seizures, and depression. The medication increases the transmission of certain neurotransmitters in the brain to alleviate symptoms to these conditions. Unfortunately, the medication has been linked to serious health complications for pregnant women and their unborn children.
Depakote contains valproic acid, which has been linked to severe birth defects. The Massachusetts General Hospital found that women who took Depakote or other drugs containing valproic acid may be at a higher risk of delivering children with serious birth defects, such as spina bifida, autism, and reduced IQ. Each of these defects can have a significant impact on the development of the child, leading to physical and developmental challenges for their entire lives.
If your child suffered severe birth defects after you were prescribed Depakote while pregnant, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for medical expenses and more. Call the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ll review your case for free and fight to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.