Sodium Valproate claims for compensation can be pursued for damages for any injury and suffering that has arisen from the use of the drug.
The risks of using the drug during pregnancy can be significant and can lead to birth defects and serious developmental problems in infants. Unfortunately, consent and the explanation of risks to mothers has been an issue, leaving many not knowing that their unborn child could be at risk when taking the drug.
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About Sodium Valproate
Sodium Valproate medication has been in use since the 1960’s, with observations about malformations in infants known since the 1980’s. Risks of developmental problems in infants when the mother had been taking Sodium Valproate during pregnancy came more to the fore at the turn of the century.
Sodium Valproate is an anti-convulsant used for disorders such as epilepsy, bipolar and those suffering from migraines.
It may be the case that tens of thousands of children have suffered serious problems due to the mother taking Sodium Valproate during or before pregnancy. The UK’s MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) previously suggested that the drug could pose a 30-40% risk of an infant developing neurodevelopmental problems, and a 10% risk of physical abnormalities.
The issues over the use of Sodium Valproate go beyond its use in the UK, and it has been likened to many historic scandals, such as Thalidomide.
When could you pursue a claim for compensation?
Sodium Valproate claims for compensation can be based on whether someone has suffered developmental issues and/or physical abnormalities when the mother was using the drug during or before pregnancy. Estimations have suggested that an alarming number of women were not informed about the risks that the drug could pose when using it whilst pregnant, and allegations have been made that some GPs failed to obtain proper and informed consent from patients as well.
As result, many people may have suffered birth defects that could have been avoided.
Ultimately, anyone taking the medication who is pregnant, or is considering children, needs to be fully aware of the potential risks involved, and should seek immediate advice from their doctor. Because of those who were not provided adequate information about the risks, lives have been turned upside down with victims left with permanent disabilities.
Whilst pursuing Sodium Valproate claims for compensation cannot turn back the clock, anyone who has suffered could be eligible to claim damages for any pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused. Importantly, we may also be able to investigate claims for Special Damages which could account for losses and expenses. This could include private care costs and damages for the financial opportunities that a victim may have been robbed of as a result of disabilities arising from the drug.
Legal Assessment: Speak to the team now about Sodium Valproate claims
Our team is able to provide free, no-obligation advice in respect of Sodium Valproate claims for compensation. Anyone whose mother was taking the medication during pregnancy and has suffered problems should look into whether a legal case can be made. If you are looking into a case on behalf of your own child, please do speak to the team and we will see if we can help you.
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First published by Author on April 26, 2022
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