Birth Defects Attorneys: Study Links Topiramate to Oral Birth Defects

While pregnant, women need to be especially careful about what foods and medications that they put into their bodies. Early in the first trimester, while many women are not even aware that they are pregnant, the baby is at a heightened risk for birth defects due to medications being ingested by their mother. Our birth defects attorneys have been writing for months about the drug Topamax and its connection to cleft lip and palate birth defects. Mothers Taking Active Ingredient in Topamax Three Times More Likely to have Children with Birth Defects A recent study called Comparative Safety of Topiramate During Pregnancy, performed by … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Win Large Verdict in Birth Defects Case

Ana Mejia and Rodolfo Santana were excited about the birth of their son Brian. That excitement was offset considerably when it was discovered that the baby had major malformations and birth defects. Medical malpractice attorneys took the case on behalf of the parents and argued that Dr. Marie Morel, OB/GYN Specialists of Palm Beaches and Perinatal Specialists of the Palm Beaches, had failed to properly diagnose their son and notice the potential defects. A Florida jury agreed with the plaintiffs and awarded them $4.5 million in the medical malpractice lawsuit. Doctors Fail to Properly Examine Pregnant Woman Brian Santana was born with no … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Reveal List of Anti-Convulsants Causing Birth Defects

It is no secret that pregnant women have difficulty with medications, as many medicines and drugs can have extremely adverse effects on a fetus. Birth defects attorneys remind pregnant women to always check with their OB/GYN before taking any medications. Because medicines can have such devastating effects on a pregnancy, a pregnant woman’s medicinal treatment is usually quite limited. For pregnant women suffering from epilepsy, that treatment is about to become even more limited. Topamax, the FDA, and AdverseEvents, Inc. Months ago, the Mininno Law Office blog posted about the anti-epileptic drug Topamax, which was shown to cause oral … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Discuss Psychosocial Problems in Children

Many children who suffer from oral malformations like cleft lips or cleft palates will also suffer from the psychosocial problems associated with looking different from everyone else at a young age. Often, doctors will suggest surgery when a child is born with a birth defect , in hopes of correcting the issue and allowing a child to live a normal and healthy life, free of rejection and taunting connected with their birth defect. Unfortunately, some people do not have their malformations corrected in their early years and those individuals are at a higher risk to develop issues with self image and self esteem. The Challenge with … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys: Popular Migraine Med Effective but Dangerous

Topamax is a very popular pharmaceutical drug that is used in treating migraines and epilepsy. Although it has been shown to be extremely effective, birth defects attorneys warn that pregnant women should steer clear of its use. Recent studies have reported that use of Topamax during pregnancy has led to an increased chance of babies born with birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Why has Topamax been so Popular in Treating Migraines? Topamax is not like many other migraine medications and this may shed light on its popularity. As opposed to taking the medicine as soon as headache pain begins, Topamax is taken daily which helps … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys: Proper Cleft Lip Exams Lead to Proper Care

Young children who suffer from cleft lip or cleft palate may experience a number of health problems. Birth defects attorneys point out that these young babies may have trouble gaining weight due to feeding troubles, and they may experience poor growth, repeated ear infections, and speech difficulties as they continue to grow. Initially, a baby will undergo certain tests of the mouth, nose, and palate to confirm the existence, nature, and severity of the cleft lip or cleft palate. Further medical tests should be conducted to rule out other health conditions that may pop up down the road in order to maximize the health of the … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys: Answering Questions about Surgical Scars

Our professionals would like to give you some information regarding the healing process that follows your child’s cleft lip or palate surgery. There are many questions a parent may have following a child’s scar, which is likely to happen from surgery. Our birth defects attorneys believe that being informed is that best thing you can do for your child and his or her health, so please enjoy the following post. Common Scar Concerns Many parents are alarmed after their child's surgery when new scars are red. During the healing process, the body re-routes blood vessles to the scar to bring an extra supply of blood, creating that red color. … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Discuss Cleft Palate Development

Birth defects attorneys are often asked by their clients, “what caused my child’s cleft palate?” Unfortunately, there is little known about the actual cause of cleft lips and palates, but some information is known about certain contributing factors. A cleft (lip, palate, or both), which occurs in about 1 out of 700 babies born,is present where the palate does not fuse completely, meaning full development did not occur. Professionals know that there are a wide range of factors that can hinder development, like environmental factors, alcohol use, drug use, and genetics. Additionally, certain prescription medicines have been linked to an … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Talk About The Cost of a Topamax Lawsuit

Whenever you hear someone talk about “their lawyer,” it is natural to wonder what the services of an attorney would cost. In many cases, lawyers’ fees are expensive, and in some instances, cost-prohibitive. When you are dealing with your child’s cleft lip or cleft palate birth defect, additional concerns, like the cost of a lawsuit, really have no place in your life. You are stressed enough as is, and providing care for your child is your number one priority. With this in mind, the caring and experienced birth defects attorneys of the Mininno Law Office want to draw your attention to the true costs of trying your Topamax lawsuit. Topamax … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys: Oral Clefts Cause Speech and Hearing Issues

Young children who are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate may experience speech and hearing problems as they grow older. Birth defects attorneys believe that speech-language pathology can often times be very beneficial to children with speech issues associated with these birth defects. Children who receive speech assistance at a young age are often times less likely to develop certain speech compensatory error patterns later in development. In dealing with a child's hearing, a tympanostomy tube is often put into the eardrum in order to aerate the middle ear which should allow the child to improve hearing. Problems with Speech in … [Read more...]