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Cleft Lips and Palates

Using powerful mood stabilizing medications during pregnancy can contribute to a range of defects, significantly affecting the child’s development. In particular, the drug Depakote has been linked to serious birth defects, including the development of cleft lips and cleft palates. While these conditions rarely cause life-threatening complications, cleft lips and palates can cause speech and hearing problems in children, in addition to impacting their social development.

If your family has suffered because of the negative effects of Depakote use, contact the Depakote attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187. Put our knowledge of the law to work for you today.

Problems with Cleft Lips and Palates

A cleft lip occurs when a child’s lip does not fully develop, leaving a gap in the lip which can grow to connect to the nose. A cleft palate, on the other hand, occurs when the roof of a child’s mouth does not close properly. This gap can connect to a cleft lip, creating a hole that directly connects the nasal cavity to the mouth through the roof. As a result of these gaps, the child may suffer the following complications:

  • Problems creating suction to feed
  • Inability to make certain spoken sounds
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Self-esteem problems
  • Difficulty socializing

There are surgical treatments that can heal the gap created by a cleft lip or palate, as well as speech therapy options to restore some pronunciation problems. However, this process can prove lengthy and expensive.

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If your child has developed a cleft lip or palate due to Depakote use, you may be able to take legal action against the drug manufacturer. To discuss your legal options with an experienced advisor, contact the Depakote lawyers of Williams Hart today by calling 800-761-3187.



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