The Depakote Lawsuit: Failure to Warn about Birth Defects

Studies have shown that Depakote® causes a variety of birth defects in the children of mothers who took the drug during pregnancy. These dangers have not been properly communicated to many women or their health care providers. If your child has been affected, our law firm is here to help you navigate the Depakote lawsuit. As proud members of the Arlington, TX, community, our lawyers can provide victims of defective drugs the strong legal representation they need. To find out if you are eligible for compensation, contact us online today or call (817) 429-4299.

Intended Uses of Depakote

Newborn baby in hospital settingThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Depakote in 1983. The drug is an anticonvulsant primarily used to treat epilepsy, as well as patients with migraines and bipolar disorder. In rare cases, doctors have prescribed the drug to treat patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or chorea (a movement disorder). Although the drug is effective in treating these conditions, the manufacturer, Abbot Laboratories, failed to warn of potentially dangerous side effects. 

Potential for Birth Defects

Depakote has now been linked with several serious birth defects, including: 

  • Cleft palate

  • Heart defects
  • Anencephaly, or underdeveloped brain or skull
  • Defects of the neural tubes
  • Spina bifida
  • Hypoplasia, or underdevelopment of tissues or organs

Unfortunately, the FDA did not issue a warning regarding the potential for these dangerous defects until 2006. Studies showed that nearly 20 percent of women who took Depakote while pregnant gave birth to a child with defects. Additional warnings followed regarding specific defects and the heightened dangers associated with taking the drug during the first trimester. 

Studies showed that nearly 20 percent of women who took Depakote while pregnant gave birth to a child with defects.

These defects can have a lifelong impact on a child. They can affect a child’s cognitive abilities, as well as his or her physical abilities. Additionally, the costs associated with caring for a child who has suffered from a birth defect are significant and ongoing. This can place an extreme financial burden on the parents.

Filing a Claim in the Depakote Lawsuit

The entire Depakote lawsuit centers around the fact that Abbot Laboratories failed to disclose information about these serious side effects. If healthcare providers and women had access to these warnings, these serious defects could have been prevented. Our attorneys understand the manufacturer’s liability and will thoroughly investigate your claim. If you are eligible for compensation, we will aggressively seek damages to hold Abbot Laboratories accountable for their negligence. 

We have dedicated our practice to protecting victims of personal injury since the late 1980s. We have developed an excellent reputation, both among our peers and within the medical community. In fact, 80 percent of our business comes solely from the referrals we receive from these communities. Our firm is in the top five percent nationwide because we treat our clients with compassion while getting the results they deserve. 

Find Out if You Qualify for Compensation

If you took Depakote during your pregnancy and your child has experienced a birth defect as a result, contact the Law Firm of Roger “Rocky” Walton, PC, today. Schedule an in-depth consultation using our online contact form or call (817) 429-4299.