Spina bifida is an extremely rare condition that only affects about 2,000 babies born every year and to put this in perspective, there are nearly 4 million successful deliveries performed in the United States each year. Since doctors began prescribing Zofran to pregnant women for the treatment of morning sickness there has been an increase in the number of congenital defects reported in the children of those receiving the medication. Spina bifida is one of the numerous conditions that have now been linked to Zofran use and it is the right of parents to seek damages from the maker of Zofran for illegally marketing medication without first making certain it wouldn’t cause harm to unborn children.
Based in Chicago, Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is actively pursing lawsuits on behalf of children that have been diagnosed with spina bifida when their mother took Zofran during pregnancy.
Understanding Spina Bifida
An unborn child develops in stages throughout nine months of pregnancy and the formation of the neural tube begins within the first month of gestation. The neural tube is what will eventually form into the baby’s brain and spinal cord and its development occurs during the time when morning sickness is most prominent. Zofran has been known to inhibit or delay development of limbs and organs during pregnancy and the cause of spina bifida is the incomplete formation of the spinal cord or of the layers responsible for protecting the brain or major nerves connecting the brain to the spine. There are several forms of spina bifida which occur with varying degrees of severity.
- Occulta— this is the most common and least severe form of spina bifida. Those with occulta do not exhibit symptoms in most cases because while the nerves and brain are exposed, they are usually also covered by a layer of skin which inhibits symptoms and maintains the connection between the brain and the nervous system.
- Meningocele— in this form of the condition, spinal fluid is able to leak from the openings in the vertebrae caused by the incomplete formation of the neural tube. The severity of meningocele varies but may result in partial paralysis and loss of bowel and urinary control.
- Closed neural tube defects— defects in the formation of bone or fat within or near the neural tube can result in this form of spina bifida which has the same symptoms of meningocele of partial paralysis and inability to control bowel and urinary functions.
- Myelomeningocele— the most rare and severe form of spina bifida, this is the result of an opening in the spine that allows major nerves to be exposed. It is the cause of permanent paralysis.
There is no cure for spina bifida and while surgical options are available, they are often costly and risky. In the most severe cases, surgery is required almost immediately following birth and the child may need to undergo multiple surgeries throughout his or her lifetime to address additional concerns that arise from the condition.
Get the Compensation Your Child is Entitled to for Spina Bifida Related to Zofan Usage
If your child’s injuries are the result of the careless and negligent decision of GlaxoSmithKline to push Zofran as a medication for morning sickness then you are fully within your right to demand that the cost of your child’s surgeries, medical treatments and long term care are provided for in addition to compensation for your child’s pain and suffering.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Zofran birth defect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. We will be happy to evaluate your case more thoroughly and to provide you with more information about the current claims being filed against GlaxoSmithKline for spina bifida caused by Zofran and where you may fit in the growing litigation.
From there, we will review your legal options and advise you on whether it is in your best interest to file a Zofran lawsuit— and what you can expect from the process from start to finish as we work on your behalf to represent your family’s interests. If we are unable to secure compensation on your behalf, all of our advice and services will be free of charge.
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Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and is accepting Zofran cases both on a local and national basis.