Call Today for a FREE Confidential Case Review - Toll-Free 24/7 (866) 920-0753

Depakote Class Action Lawsuit

Depakote Class Action Lawsuit

Hundreds of Depakote lawsuits have been filed against Abbott Laboratories, but not as part of a class action. Instead, they are individual lawsuits involving birth defects like spina bifida, cleft palate, and heart defects.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Depakote induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know had a baby with a birth defect, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is Depakote?

Depakote (valproic acid) is an anti-seizure drug that is used to treat epilepsy, migraines, mood swings, and more. It is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and has been sold in the U.S. since 1978. Depakote was re-classified as a Pregnancy Category X drug in May 2013, following decades of increased evidence of birth defect risks.

Depakote and Birth Defects

The problem is that Depakote causes folic acid (folate) vitamin deficiencies, which is a risk-factor for neural tube defects like spina bifida. These defects occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy — so even if a woman stops taking Depakote as soon as she learns she is pregnant, she might still have a baby with a birth defect.

What is the Risk?

An estimated 1 in 20 babies (1-2%) who are exposed to Depakote in the womb are born with spina bifida. This translates to a 2,060% increased risk of spina bifida compared to non-exposed babies. At least 20% of babies who are exposed to Depakote in the womb are born with a birth defect. Studies have shown Depakote to be one of the most dangerous drugs to take while pregnant due to birth defects.

$1.1 Billion Depakote Settlement

In 2012, the Justice Department announced that Abbott would plead guilty and pay a $1.1 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into illegal “off-label” promotion of Depakote in elderly dementia patients.

$38 Million Depakote Jury Verdict Survives Appeal

In November 2016, a Missouri jury’s $38 million award to a girl with birth defects due to Depakote survived an appeal by Abbott Laboratories. The verdict was awarded in 2015 to Maddison Schmidt, a 12 year-old girl with spina bifida who is paralyzed from the waist down.

Settlement Ends Depakote Trial in Missouri

In July 2016, Abbott and lawyers for the family of a boy with spina bifida negotiated an out-of-court settlement agreement on the 10th day of trial in Missouri. The boy was born with birth defects despite his mother discontinuing Depakote as soon as she found out she was pregnant.

What is the problem?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but our lawyers are not filing a Depakote class action lawsuit. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits involving children who were born with birth defects after being exposed to Depakote in the womb.

Birth Defects Linked to Depakote

  • Spina bifida
  • Cleft lip / cleft palate
  • Heart defects
  • Microcephaly
  • Low IQ
  • Developmental delays
  • Craniofacial defects
  • Skull defects
  • And more

About Class Actions

Most class action lawsuits are filed by one person on behalf of a much larger group of people with the same legal claim — for example, refunds after being over-charged for a product. If compensation is awarded, all members of the class action share the payout.

Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action

The disadvantage of class actions is they are not designed to maximize compensation for individuals with more serious injuries than the average plaintiff. Members may also have to accept a “low-ball” settlement or higher attorneys’ fees.

There is no Depakote class action for birth defects. Instead, around 800 people have filed individual lawsuits with their own attorney. Our lawyers help people who were injured by medications seek compensation for medical expenses, injuries, lost income, and more.

Do I have a Depakote Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Depakote induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know had a baby with a birth defect, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Attention Lawyers: We consider a referral from another law firm to be one of the greatest compliments. If your firm is interested in referring us a case or for us to send you a list of previous award judgments and/or average referral fees, please visit the Lawyer Referral section of our website.

Free Case Evaluation

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading plaintiffs’ law firms and handles cases in all 50 states. We are very proud of our legal achievements, but equally self-respecting of our firm’s reputation for providing personal attention to each and every client we represent.

No matter what type of case you have, you may contact us with confidence by filling out the email contact form below or calling us directly by dialing toll free 24 hrs/day (866) 920-0753.

*
*
*