If your child has a cleft lip/palate it should come as no shock that he or she will face numerous medical, psychological, social, and economic issues. The medical needs of the child are complex and care often continues into adulthood. Usually, the care team consists of many different interdisciplinary professionals including geneticists, pediatricians, plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, dentists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and, of course team, coordinators. This list can be daunting to a parent first grappling with the needs of their child born with a cleft lip or palate. However, there is one other group of professionals, often overlooked, who can alleviate the financial stresses involved with caring for your child’s birth defect: birth defects attorneys.
Birth Defects Attorneys as a Member of the Care Team
Experienced birth defects attorneys can be invaluable to the cause of a child born with a cleft palate/lip birth defect. It is true that in many cases when a child is born with this tragic birth defect, no one is at fault. Sometimes, however, there may have been external forces working against your child. One major consideration can be found in the FDA’s recent announcement that Topamax (Topiramate) increases the likelihood of cleft palates and lips in newborns by 21 times the normal rate when taken by women who are pregnant or during child bearing years. The experienced birth defects attorneys at the Mininno Law Office can help recover the finances necessary to help your child live a normal free of physical deformities.
Birth Defects Attorneys In New Jersey and Philadelphia
It is important to note that the birth defects attorneys at the Mininno Law Office operate on a contingency basis, meaning there are no out-of-pocket costs to you when pursuing your case. The Mininno Law Office gets paid when you get paid, and not a moment before.
If you believe that your child’s birth defect may be caused by the use of Topamax (Topiramate), please don’t hesitate to help your child by contacting one of the Mininno Law Office’s experienced birth defects attorneys. Contact the Mininno Law Office’s birth defects attorneys in New Jersey at (856) 833-0600 and in Philadelphia at (215) 567-2380 for a FREE case evaluation and consultation.
Our birth defects attorneys strive to provide parents of children born with cleft palates and lips with pertinent information about their child’s disorder. Over half of children born with a cleft palate will encounter speech problems at some point during their lives. Regular evaluations by the speech-language pathologist on your child’s care team may be necessary to monitor your child’s speech and language progress and make any changes that are necessary. It is certainly possible for a child born with a cleft palate birth defect to not experience any speech disorders and, if the child has surgery before speech develops, the problem may be avoided completely. However, even if your child is not of speech age, it is important to familiarize yourself with difficulties that they may face in the future.
What Causes Speech Problems
When a cleft palate exists, the oral and nasal cavities are not separated, which causes two distinct issues that affect the formation of speech. First, the child has difficulty building the required air pressure in the mouth because it escapes out of the nose. Second, the tongue has less tissue available to touch on the roof of the mouth. Both of these issues make it difficult for a child to make some sounds required for speech. Once the palate is repaired it may be easier for your child to learn the sounds needed for the formation of speech. But remember: development of speech may end up being slower, so do not be frustrated.
Birth Defects Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
Parents often wonder if they require birth defects attorneys because their child was born with a cleft palate. In most cases, the answer is simply no: natural causes lead to the birth defect. However, contacting the Mininno Law Office birth defects attorneys may be one of the most important decisions you can make for your child if Topamax (Topiramate) was used while your child was in the womb. Topamax has been linked to a drastic increase in cleft palate formation when women take the drug while pregnant or during their child bearing years. If you believe that Topamax may have been a cause of your baby’s cleft lip or palate, do not hesitate to contact us.
We offer FREE consultations and case evaluations. There is no upfront cost to meet with the experienced birth defects attorneys at the Mininno Law Office. Please do not hesitate to ask our birth defects attorneys for help for your child. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey and (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.