Cleft Lips

“Morning sickness” refers to feelings of nausea, headaches, and vomiting that typically occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Statistics suggest that as many as 75% of all women will experience some symptoms of morning sickness, and about 30% will experience vomiting. Because of the unpleasant nature of these symptoms, it is common for pregnant women to speak with their doctor about treatments to alleviate these symptoms.

One such treatment that gained popularity in recent years was the off-label prescription of Zofran to pregnant women. In fact, some estimates claim that over 1 million pregnant women were prescribed Zofran off-label as a way of treating morning sickness. This means that over 1 million newborn infants were placed at risk of developing birth defects such as cleft lips.

Are Cleft Lips Birth Defects Dangerous?

Cleft lips are birth defects in that they occur while the fetus is still developing in the mother’s womb. A cleft lip occurs when there is a split or separation between the two sides of the upper lip because there is not enough tissue that is available to join together. This leaves a spit or opening in the upper lip.

Cleft lips can cause a number of difficulties and problems for a child. Aside from potential embarrassment that the condition may cause, cleft lips can result in speech difficulties as well. Although surgery is available to correct a cleft lip, the surgery is usually performed when the child is only 3 months old. In some cases, more than one surgery is needed in order to correct the condition. Once properly treated, though, a child born with a cleft lip should be able to live a normal life and speak easily.

What Losses Can Be Compensated?

When your or a loved one’s child is born with a cleft lip after having taken Zofran, there are a number of expenses that can be incurred. A successful Zofran birth defects lawsuit can result in the award of compensation to cover expenses such as:

  • Medical bills and treatment costs;
  • Rehabilitative surgery costs;
  • Speech therapy costs;
  • Income due to time missed from work;
  • Pain and suffering; and
  • Other losses and expenses.

We Can Help You Recover Damages

A successful Zofran birth defects lawsuit involves showing that the drug caused or contributed to a newborn’s cleft lip or other birth defect. Birth defects like cleft lips can have a serious effect on a newborn and his or her parents. Besides the financial costs, there is the emotional pain and mental anguish that can result from having a child born with a birth defect and having that birth defect corrected through invasive surgeries. You do not need to bear these burdens by yourself – we can help you recover the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you love was prescribed Zofran and your baby was born with a cleft lip or other birth abnormality, call us right away at 1-800-883-9858.