Spina Bifida Lawyers Review Lawsuits Nationwide

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for children born with spina bifida, where the condition may have been caused by the use of certain medications during pregnancy.

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Spina bifida is a serious birth defect or malformation that can result in life-long disability and injury for a child. The use of several medications while pregnant have been linked to an increased risk of spina bifida, such as Depakote, Tegretol, Topamax, Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac and other SSRI Antidepressants.

Potential spina bifida lawsuits are being reviewed by the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk for children exposed to any of these medications during pregnancy. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.


Spina bifida, also commonly referred to as myelomeningocele, is a neural tube defect that occurs when some vertebrae overlying the spinal cord are not fully formed and remain unfused and open.

This typically occurs during the first month of pregnancy, at a time when many women do not even know they are pregnant. The closure of the neural tube typically occurs around the 23rd and 27th day of pregnancy. However, the use of medications may interfere and prevent the tube from closing properly.

Lawsuits for spina bifida are being reviewed for children exposed to any of the following medications during pregnancy:

  • Depakote
  • Tegretol
  • Topamax
  • Zoloft
  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Other SSRI Antidepressants

▸ Depakote Spina Bifida Lawsuit

Depakote is an antiepileptic medication that has been linked to a particularly high risk of spina bifida when used during pregnancy. Unfortunately, the drug maker has failed to provide adequate warnings for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, which has allowed many children to develop spina bifida from Depakote.

Studies have linked Depakote side effects to a risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida that is ten times higher than some other epilepsy medications that are available to prevent seizures. Research has also suggested that as many as one out of every ten infants born to women who used Depakote during pregnancy may be born with spina bifida or another birth defect.

▸ Tegretol Spina Bifida Lawsuit

Tegretol is another widely used anticonvulsant that has been linked to a risk of spina bifida when used while pregnant. A study published in December 2010 in the British Medical Journal found that pregnant women who took Tegretol were 2.6 times more likely to have a child born with spina bifida than women who were not given the drug. Overall, researchers found that 3.3% of women on Tegretol gave birth to children with spina bifida.

▸ Antidepressant Spina Bifida Lawsuit

Use of the popular antidepressant Zoloft, as well as other similar SSRI antidepresants, has been linked to a possible risk of spina bifida. Zoloft lawsuits are being reviewed for children born with spina bifida, as well as other neural tube defects and malformations.


As a result of spina bifida from use of Depakote, Tegretol, Topamax, Zoloft, Paxil or certain other medications during pregnancy, children can be left with severe and life-long problems. Spina bifida can leave a child with severe nerve damage, paralysis, hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and other problems, including a latex allergy that could be potentially life-threatening.

The birth defect lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are currently reviewing potential cases for children throughout the United States who may be entitled to compensation through a spina bifida lawsuit. If use of a medication during pregnancy carries a risk of spina bifida or another birth defect, the drug maker has an obligation to adequately warn pregnant women or women who may become pregnant so that they understand the true nature and extent of the risk.

To review a potential spina bifida case for your child or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation. All cases are reviewed and pursued under a contingency fee agreement, where there are never any out-of-pocket expenses or any attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained for the child.