Birth defects can occur following the birth of any child but certain activities and medications may lead to an increased risk. Topamax, a popular drug used in the treatment of migraines and epilepsy, has been shown to increase the risk of birth defects when taken by mothers during pregnancy. When Topamax is used while a woman is pregnant, research has shown that cleft lip and cleft palate are an increasingly likely result, which has led the Food and Drug Administration to upgrade their warning level.
Main Formations of Cleft Lip
When a cleft does not affect the mouth’s palate structure it is referred to as cleft lip. Cleft lips can occur on one or both sides of the lip which are generally referred to as unilateral or bilateral clefts. The first category of cleft lip is known as an incomplete cleft. An incomplete, or partial, cleft lip occurs at the top of the lip. The cleft appears as a small gap or indentation that does not reach the nose.
The second major category of cleft lip is known as a complete cleft. When the cleft begins at the top of the lip and continues up into the nose it is referred to as a complete cleft lip. The complete cleft lip is generally more pronounced and a more serious version of cleft lip. Cleft lip occurs with there is a failure of the maxillary and medial nasal processes to fuse.
Birth Defects Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your child was recently born with a birth defect, such as cleft lip or cleft palate, and you believe that it may be attributed to your use of Topamax during pregnancy, it is possible that you have questions. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Migraines bring agony and pain to those who battle with these extreme headaches. It is essential for sufferers to find an effective remedy, and for many, this remedy is Topamax.
Topamax has been among industry leaders in effectiveness as well as customer satisfaction. The problem with the pharmaceutical drug is that it has been linked with birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate, when taken by women throughout their pregnancy.
Migraine Troubles Last beyond the Headache
After the excruciating pain that accompanies a migraines, victims wish to get back to their normal daily activities. Migraine symptoms, however, are not that understanding. The symptoms following a migraine headache can last a full twenty four hours after the migraine has subsided. A mild form of the headache can linger on for this time period, making it difficult to function. Many people also deal with extreme fatigue.
Migraines formulate with the excitement of nerve cells in the brain. These cells then release impulses to the brain’s blood vessels. Released from these nerves are substances causing inflammation and swelling of the vessels. As the blood vessels become enlarged, the pain and throbbing of a migraine begins. This is only the start of migraine symptoms which can remain for an entire day following the end of the headache, causing people to search for a viable solution. Many people find relief through Topamax, but with recent data showing the potential for birth defects, such as cleft lip, pregnant women should beware.
Birth Injuries Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your child was born with a birth defect, such as cleft lip or cleft palate, and you believe the defect may be attributed to your use of Topamax, you probably have some questions. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
The Columbia Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) in McKinney, Texas is being sued by birth injury attorneys for releasing and sending home a pregnant woman while she was in labor. Plaintiff Wendy Cherry filed the birth injury lawsuit in February, seeking compensation for damages related to her early release that forced her to deliver her daughter Emma at home.
Cherry reported to MCM on February 4th, the day she had gone into active labor. She told staff members she was suffering from a “sudden onset of severe pelvic pain.” She requested treatment for the symptoms, but was released without a proper medical screening, and without being stabilized.
Upon her return home, her labor continued, and she eventually gave birth, fortunately, with the help of EMT’s. The delayed delivery resulted in injury to her daughter Emma, and Cherry and her attorneys believe that had she been properly cared for at the hospital, no injuries would have been sustained. Plaintiff seeks damages for medical expenses, past and future pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of familial consortium, and physical impairment.
Birth Injury Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
To think that a hospital staff could not recognize that a pregnant woman was in labor is quite scary. The Columbia Medical Center failed miserably in it’s duty to provide safe and attentive care to it’s patients. The fact that Wendy Cherry was so quickly discharged and sent home to give birth in her house is shocking and, to a certain extent, confusing. How is it that no one thought that a pregnant woman suffering a “sudden onset of severe pelvic pain” was in labor? Hospitals have become frightening places, and something must be done to assure that the care they are providing is in indeed the best they can provide.
If you or a loved one have suffered medical malpractice, or your child suffered a birth injury, at the hands of negligent medical providers, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let the birth injury lawyers at the Mininno Law Office earn you the full and fair compensation that you need and deserve.