When women are pregnant they must adhere to strict guidelines in order to ensure that their child is born as healthy as possible. They are discouraged from drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco, no matter how much it may seem to enhance the Nashville nightlife. While those are the most commonly discussed hazards that affect fetuses, many medications can be extremely dangerous to an unborn baby and inhibit their development.
According to reports, one woman believes that Topamax, the drug that she was taking to help treat epileptic seizures, was the cause of her newborn son's cleft lip. After the boy reportedly endured four corrective surgeries, the woman filed suit against the drug manufacturer. The mother was also reportedly taking medication for anxiety, but she believed that the seizure medication was a dangerous product to pregnant women and caused the birth defect.
The drug company claims that genetics could play a role in birth defects, as could a number of other factors. Their attorney argued that the woman was well aware of the risks of using Topamax because they were described to her by her physician.
Ultimately the courts sided with the woman and awarded her over $4 million in damages. Her attorney reported that his office has a number of similar cases to pursue in connection with Topamax use.
If you believe that you have been harmed by defective or dangerous drugs, you may be able to benefit from turning to a products liability attorney. Standing up for your rights can help in many ways, and may even prevent other consumers from enduring the same injury.
Source: The Legal Examiner, “Jury Finds Seizure drug Topamax Caused Cleft Birth Defects,” Michael Monheit, Nov. 22, 2013