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Sodium Valproate Syndrome Claims
Sodium Valproate Syndrome is a serious condition often leading to mental and physical abnormalities in children of mothers taking anti-convulsant or anti-epilepsy drugs during pregnancy.
Court case figures reveal that between 200,000 and 300,000 people in the UK alone have been prescribed such treatments, with international figures exceeding that number.
Mothers who were prescribed such treatments without being fully aware of the full effects and possible risks to their unborn children have suffered as result, with many of their children experiencing life-long physical and mental problems.
Although, UK drug manufacturers state Epilim (brand name for Sodium Valproate) should no longer be prioritised as the selected treatment for women considering starting a family, for many affected by the side effects this news comes far too late. Due to the serious nature of the situation, regulators now demand that manufacturers must give warnings in relation to side-effects and the serious risks that the drug can cause.
Families affected by the serious side-effects claim that the warnings have been too slow, and not enough has been done to inform patients about the possible risks the drug carries. Some argue that families planning to have children should have been informed about the risks prior to being prescribed the drug, since its side-effects have been known to manufacturers for quite some time.
According to official figures, babies exposed to the drug in the womb have a 40% risk of developing autism. A further 10% are at risk of developing serious physical abnormalities.
Children affected by Sodium Valproate Syndrome can develop various deformities of the head and face, as well as bones. Heart and spinal cord problems can also occur, some of which have life-long effects on those suffering from them.
Parents of children affected by life-long health implications are likely to suffer and their quality of life will be affected. On top of that, they are likely to incur various costs leading to financial problems as a result of expensive medical bills and treatments.
Although, taking legal action likely isn’t the first thing a parent considers when symptoms first being to occur, it’s important that those affected by Sodium Valproate Syndrome are aware that there are many options out there for them to consider.
Even though taking legal action won’t turn back time and prevent the symptoms from occurring in the first place, financial compensation can greatly improve the quality of life of those affected. How much you are entitled to claim will likely be affected by various factors; however, our friendly and experienced team can help you by discussing all available options and coming up with the best possible course of action.
With years of combined clinical negligence experience, our team are skilled in a variety of areas. We can help you get the compensation that you deserve and ensure that you get peace of mind.
Making a Claim for Harm caused by Epilim?
If you or your child have been affected by Sodium Valproate Syndrome you could be entitled to compensation. At Grieves Solicitors, we work closely with our clients to ensure each and every case is a success.
We promise to fight for the compensation that you deserve, and with years of combined experience we’ll do so in a professional yet effective manner.
Our specialists are experienced in various areas of clinical negligence law, so don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your case.
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