An Illinois jury has awarded $15 million to a woman who claimed that her son was born with spina bifida as a result of her use of the antiepileptic drug Depakote (generic: valproic acid) during pregnancy.
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What’s the Problem?
July 15, 2017 – According to the lawsuit, drugmaker AbbVie Inc. failed to adequately warn of the severe side effects associated with use of Depakote. Plaintiff claims that without adequate warnings she had no idea that the medication she was prescribed during pregnancy would result in life-threatening birth defects.
Plaintiff’s son, referred to as “E.R.G.” in court documents, was born with spina bifida, a catastrophic neural tube defect in which the spinal cord fails to develop properly in the womb. Children with this condition may suffer from problems ranging from little to no feeling in their extremities, bladder or bowel problems, to a curve in their spine (scoliosis).
E.R.G. is now 10-years-old and has been forced to undergo at least a dozen surgeries to treat his condition. Unfortunately, he is permanently confined to a wheelchair, according to the lawsuit.
The Illinois jury deliberated for more than two days, ultimately concluding that AbbVie failed to sufficiently warn about the serious side effects of Depakote. The $15 million judgment is meant to pay for E.R.G.’s past and future medical expenses.
Punitive damages, occasionally awarded to punish defendants for particularly egregious conduct, were not granted in the case.
Crucial evidence came in the form of internal corporate memos, which suggested that AbbVie executives knew that study results conflicted with verbiage printed on the drug’s labeling, according to Bloomberg Technology.
The trial lasted nine days. Around 700 similar Depakote lawsuits are still pending in state and federal courts across the U.S.
Do I Have a Depakote Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Depakote lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new spina bifida cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was harmed by the side effects of Depakote, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.