Was your child or other loved one born with a birth defect after the mother took Topamax (topiramate) during pregnancy? Are you interested in filing a Topamax class action lawsuit against the manufacturers? If so, we can help.
Free Topamax Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one was born with a cleft lip, cleft palate, cranial malformation, or other birth defect after the mother took Topamax in pregnancy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Topamax and we can help.
FDA Warning on Topamax
In March 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the development of cleft lip and/or cleft palate (oral cleft defects) in infants born to mothers who took the anticonvulsant drug Topamax during pregnancy. As a result of these problems, FDA re-classified Topamax as a Pregnancy Category D medication, which means that there is direct evidence of birth defects based on human data.
“Health care professionals should carefully consider the benefits and risks of topiramate when prescribing it to women of childbearing age,” said Russell Katz, M.D., director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Alternative medications that have a lower risk of birth defects should be considered.”
Topamax Birth Defects
The lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are investigating potential lawsuits for families whose children were born with one or more of the following defects after the mother took Topamax during pregnancy:
- cleft lip (cheiloschisis)
- cleft palate (palatoschisis)
- hypospadias (genital defects)
- cranial malformations
Oral Cleft Birth Defects
An oral cleft birth defect occurs when a portion of the lip fails to fuse together in utero during the first trimester of pregnancy. Depending on the severity of the cleft, the defect may appear as a small notch in the edge of the lip, or it may extend into the nose or gums. Because the lips and the palate develop separately in the womb, it is possible for a baby to be born with a cleft lip only, cleft palate only, or both a cleft lip and cleft palate. With a separation or opening in the lip, eating problems can occur because food and liquid pass from the mouth back through the nose. Additionally, babies with oral cleft birth defects are at an increased risk of developing ear infections since they are more prone to fluid buildup in the middle ear. Speech and dental problems are also commonly reported in children with oral cleft defects.
About Topamax Class Action Lawsuits
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Topamax Class Action Lawsuit, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of families whose children were born with birth defects after the mother took Topamax during pregnancy.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Topamax lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Topamax Class Action Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Topamax Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Topamax birth defect cases in all 50 states.
Free Topamax Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one was born with a cleft lip, cleft palate, cranial malformation, or other birth defect after the mother took Topamax in pregnancy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Topamax Suit and we can help.