Depakote Birth Defects Lawsuit Filed against Abbott Laboratories in Illinois, the Consumer Justice Foundation Reports

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The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates provide free online informational resources to people regarding the potential dangers of using certain prescription medications, has a Web site URL located at http://www.depakotebirthinjury.com. The Consumer Justice Foundation hereby reports that a Depakote side effects lawsuit has been filed in Illinois against Abbott Laboratories. This lawsuit alleges that children of mothers who had used Depakote during pregnancy gave birth to children with birth defects, and the claim seeks the recovery of damages for compensation for these losses.

The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation, is a team of professional consumer advocates whose mission is to provide free online informational resources to consumers regarding the potential dangers associated with certain prescription medications. The Consumer Justice Foundation hereby alerts the public that a Depakote birth defects lawsuit has been filed against Abbott Laboratories in Illinois, and this lawsuit seeks the recovery of damages because the children of mothers involved in this lawsuit allegedly were born with birth defects because their mothers used Depakote while pregnant.

Specifically, this lawsuit was filed on September 6, 2012 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois. It was assigned a case number of 12-L-462 and the named plaintiff is Susan DeMatteo. According to the court documents, the named plaintiff is one of more than a dozen mothers who are alleging that their children were born with severe birth defects as a result of using Depakote during the early stages of their pregnancies.

The court documents indicate that the children who were allegedly harmed as a result of Depakote side effects suffered from birth defects that included spina bifida, neural tube defects that led to other complications and several less severe birth defects. The basis for this allegation that’s present in these documents is that the active ingredient in Depakote, valproic acid, is known to cause harm to the unborn children of mothers who ingest it.

The court documents go on to allege that the defendant, Abbott Laboratories, was negligent both in the manufacture and in the distribution of this product, which is used as an anticonvulsant to help with symptoms associated with epilepsy and migraine headaches. The plaintiffs are seeking damages that would compensate them for their medical costs past and future, their past and future loss of income and their court costs.

About the Consumer Justice Foundation

The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site is located at http://www.consumerjusticefoundation.com, is a public resource that's been built and maintained by a group of concerned professionals who want to provide general information for consumers regarding the potential dangers involved with the use of Depakote while pregnant. This resource is not to be considered as medical or legal advice, which should only be dispensed by a licensed medical doctor or a Depakote lawyer.

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