Depakote belongs to a group of medications called antiepileptic drugs. If you took Depakote during pregnancy, causing you or your child to suffer, you may be entitled to compensation.

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What is Depakote?

Depakote (divalproex sodium) is a medication commonly prescribed for treating seizure disorders, bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches. Despite its effectiveness in managing these conditions, Depakote has been linked to significant risks when taken during pregnancy, including a high risk of birth defects in newborns. These potential side effects have led to numerous lawsuits against the manufacturers, with affected families seeking legal recourse for the harm caused.

The impact of birth defects can be lifelong, making it crucial to secure the resources needed for your child’s care and well-being. If you believe your child’s condition is linked to Depakote, don’t hesitate to seek a consultation with a lawyer who can guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit. 

Along with the above, choosing Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys as your law firm can provide you with the following benefits:

  • Legal knowledge about dangerous drugs 
  • Negotiating skills
  • Focus and dedication 
  • Commitment to compensation 
  • Motivation to proceed with your claim
  • Free consultation

Birth defects and health issues leading to depakote lawsuits

Families considering legal action should be aware of the specific birth defects and health issues associated with Depakote use during pregnancy, including: 

  • Neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, affecting the brain and spine 
  • Heart defects 
  • Cleft palate or cleft lip 
  • Skeletal malformations 
  • Cognitive impairment and developmental delays 

specialists in birth defect lawsuits originating from depakote use

If you took Depakote during pregnancy and your child was born with birth defects or other health issues, consulting with a lawyer can provide you with the necessary information to understand your rights and options. A Depakote lawsuit can offer compensation for medical expenses, ongoing care costs, and emotional distress, bringing some relief to families impacted by these serious side effects. 

The journey through a Depakote lawsuit requires skilled legal representation and familiarity with the complexities of pharmaceutical litigation. At Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, our team of experienced attorneys can evaluate your case, advise on the legal pathways available, and represent your family’s interests in seeking justice and compensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our FAQ to get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about Depakote.

How can I determine if my or my child’s health issues are related to Depakote?

If you or your child are experiencing health problems and there is a history of Depakote use, especially during pregnancy, it may be related. Health issues associated with Depakote include congenital malformations, cognitive impairments in children exposed in utero, and severe liver or pancreatic problems in adults. Consulting with healthcare professionals who can review medical history in relation to Depakote usage is crucial for determining a potential connection.

Am I eligible to file a lawsuit if I’ve suffered from side effects or my child has birth defects due to Depakote?

You may be eligible to file a lawsuit if there is evidence that Depakote use caused adverse effects or congenital defects, particularly if there was a failure to warn about the risks of the drug. This includes not only cases involving children with birth defects due to prenatal exposure but also adults who developed serious conditions like liver failure or pancreatitis. An experienced attorney can help assess your eligibility based on the specifics of your case.

What compensation can I expect from a Depakote lawsuit?

Compensation in a Depakote lawsuit can cover medical expenses, ongoing care costs, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. For birth defects, this may also include lifelong care expenses and special education needs. If the adverse effects have prevented you or a parent from working, lost wages and loss of future earning capacity may also be compensable. Each case is unique, so the specific compensation will depend on the individual circumstances.

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