If you were prescribed Topamax® during the first trimester of your pregnancy and your baby is born with a cleft lip, cleft palate or both, we may be able to help you obtain compensation for your present and future medical costs as well as your pain and suffering. To find out if you qualify, contact us for a free evaluation of your case.
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
Clefts are oral and facial malformations that develop in the early stages of fetal development. A cleft lip is a gap between the two sides of the upper lip that results in an opening in the lip and can extend beyond the nose. A cleft palate is a gap in the roof of the mouth.
Clefts are obvious malformations and will be diagnosed immediately upon birth. In some cases, clefts can be diagnosed before birth if they are noticeable via ultrasound. Cleft lip and cleft palate can result in other complications, including difficulty eating, speech problems, dental problems and hearing loss.
Treatment can include one or multiple surgeries to repair the cleft, bone grafts to help support permanent teeth and stabilize the upper jaw, and plastic surgery to help improve the appearance of the defect. Most patients will achieve normal eating and speech, as well as normal physical appearance after treatment. More serious cases might require years of treatment.
Contact a Topamax® Birth Defect Lawyer
Scientific data suggests that Topamax® greatly increases a baby’s risk of developing cleft lip and/or cleft palate if its mother takes the medication during the first trimester of pregnancy. If your baby is born with a birth defect, you might qualify for financial compensation. Contact us to schedule a free and confidential evaluation of your case.