... but the baby was born with spina bifida. does anyone know a law firm that takes this? I've tried about 6 I found on google search but no one is taking the law suits. Please help. my grandson is 17 months and the statute of limitations is 2 years in my state. so I've got about 6 months before it runs out
I'm so sorry about your little grandson. You may have trouble finding someone to take the case. It is well known that lithium can cause birth defects and your dtr in law should have been counseled that she should not have become pregnant while on this medication and if the pregnancy was accidental, she should have been counseled about potential harm to the fetus and the fetus tested . If she was counseled and decided to continue the pregnancy anyway, there isnt much in the way of legal actions she can take. Here is what the FDA has in the literature about use in pregnancy: Usage in Pregnancy: Adverse effects on implantation in rats, embryo viability in mice and metabolism in vitro of rat testes and human spermatozoa have been attributed to lithium, as have teratogenicity in submammalian species and cleft palates in mice.
In humans, lithium carbonate may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Data from lithium birth registries suggest an increase in cardiac and other anomalies, especially Ebstein's anomaly. If this drug is used in women of childbearing potential, or during pregnancy, or if a patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus.
Usage in Nursing Mothers: Lithium is excreted in human milk. Nursing should not be undertaken during lithium therapy except in rare and unusual circumstances where, in the view of the physician, the potential benefits to the mother outweigh possible hazards to the child.
I know this isnt much of a help now but one thing you will want to establish is if your dtr in law was ever counseled that lithium can adversely effect her unborn baby and that she should avoid becoming pregnant and once it was found that she was pregnant was she advised to have the fetus tested for abnormalities and given the choice to discontinue her pregnancy. If she was never couseled, you may be able to find a lawyer more easily. Did any of the lawyers tell you why they wouldnt take the case? Also you may want to file a complaint about the drug with the FDA.
i was on lithium during my first month of pregnancy. my son was born with spina bifida, club feet, and omphalocele. I know it was the lithium, but havent found a lawyer yet to help fight it. My son is 18 now. I was told when he was born that it wasnt the lithium. but the doctors were wrong. if you find a lawyer let me know. I think you have more than 2years for your case. back 18 yrs ago they didnt know as much as is known now about lithium. dont give up find an attorney!
- Lithium Information for Consumers
- Lithium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lithium (detailed)
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