A cleft palate caused by Topamax often requires years of medical attention: Weitz & Luxenberg can help you pursue the compensated
In March of 2011, the FDA announced that the drug Topamax increased the risk of a child being born with a cleft palate or cleft lip by 1.4%.
“Health care professionals should carefully consider the benefits and risks of topiramate [Topamax] when prescribing it to women of childbearing age,” stated the director of the Division of Neurology Products at the FDA, Russell Katz, M.D. “Alternative medications that have a lower risk of birth defects should be considered.”
The cleft palate and cleft lip is a birth defect that happens in the first trimester of pregnancy – a time when some women may not be aware that they are pregnant. So, even if a woman is not planning on having children, but rather is at a childbearing age, the FDA recommends that health care providers prescribe a different medication (FDA).
This warning comes too late for the many women who have had children born with one of these birth defects. Weitz & Luxenberg would like to offer our help in your pursuit for financial compensation at this time.
To get started, simply fill out the form on this page. We will be in touch shortly to go over your legal options with you.
The symptoms and complications of having a child with a cleft palate
A cleft palate can sometimes take up to 18 years to fully fix. Multiple surgeries are often required starting from very young. In addition, dental care is necessary. Orthodontic, prosthodontic, and general early dental care and check-ups are essential to the child’s overall treatment.
Scars and jaw alignment need to be addressed as well during treatment. In essence, a cleft palate requires well-rounded care in different areas of medicine (MedicineNet).
Financial compensation is available for your child’s cleft palate
Because your child’s birth defect was caused by a cleft palate, you have the right to pursue financial compensation by way of a lawsuit. Weitz & Luxenberg can help you in this pursuit. We have a skilled team of attorneys and excellent resources to draw from to help you prove your case.
There is no reason for you to pay for the severe side effects of the drug Topamax. Weitz & Luxenberg help you find the companies responsible and pursue compensation from them. The compensation you can receive with our help can cover the following and more:
- General medical bills
- Dental procedures
- Speech therapy, and any other kind of special education
- Hospital stays
- General pain and suffering
Contact Weitz & Luxenberg today for a legal consultation. You can do so by filling out the form on this page. After submitting the form we will contact you shortly. This service is entirely free and does not obligate you to our firm in any way.
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