Spina Bifida Lawyer Handles Infant Spinal Cord Defect and Neural Tube Defect Lawsuits Caused By Pesticides and Medications by Spina Bifida Lawyer Jason Coomer

Spina Bifida Lawyer helps families seek compensation for central nervous system birth defects caused by toxic exposure and medical mistakes. Further, he works with legal teams that review a variety of toxic exposure and medical negligence cases that cause inhibited neurological development. More specifically, he is currently reviewing pesticide and medication spina bifida and neural tube defect cases. These toxic exposures and incorrect prescriptions often cause birth defects including neural tube defects and spina bifida. Further, these neurological defects often cause serious injuries including malformation, permanent paralysis, disabilities, and severe health problems. If you believe that your child has suffered neurological defects related to a toxic exposure or medical malpractice, please feel free to contact Spina Bifida Lawyer Jason Coomer for a free review of your potential Spina Bifida Lawsuit or use our online submission form.

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Spina Bifida Lawyer Handles Neural Tube Birth Defect Lawsuits Caused By Pesticides, Medications, and Other Toxic Exposures

Spina Bifida and othe Neural Tube Defects can be caused by a variety of toxic exposures including pesticides and medications. Mores specifically, recent studies have shown that the pesticide, Lorsban (Chlorpyrifos), may cause young children and prenatal children to suffer central nervous system defects including debilitating brain and spinal cord issues. Further, several medications if wrongfully prescribed to pregnant women or young children can also cause inhibited neurological development resulting in anencephally or spina bifida.

Spina Bifida Is the Most Common Type of Neural Tube Birth Defect and Myelomeningocele Spina Bifida is the Most severe Form of Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is the most common neural tube defect and it is estimated that there are approximately 70,000 people in the United State living with spina bifida. It is an all too common birth defect in the United States affecting about approximately 1,500 new born babies each year.

In a child that has a spina bifida birth defect, the fetal spinal column doesn't close completely during the first month of pregnancy. These children typically suffer nerve damage from the birth defect that causes at least some paralysis of the child's legs. Severe cases of spina bifida can result in full or partial paralysis and other problems such as hydrocephalus, bowel and bladder problems, and learning disabilities.

Spina Bifida Attorneys Help Myelomeningocele Spina Bifida Families

There are several forms of spina bifida and the birth defect can cause mild to severe health problems. Myelomeningocele spina bifida is the most severe form of spina bifida. Myelomeningocele is where the spinal cord and meninges protrude from a spinal opening. In myelomeningocele spina bifida cases, the new born child will require surgery after birth to put the exposed nerves and cord into the spinal canal. Children with myelomingocele are at high risk of infection until the back is closed surgically. In spite of surgery, in these myelomeningocele spina bifida cases, some nerve damage is usually permanent and will include paralysis and bowel and bladder problems.

Neurological Defects Can Cause Paralysis as well as Bladder and Bowel Problems

Bladder and bowel problems as well as paralysis are common in most forms of spina bifida. Both spina bifida bowel and bladder problems as well as spina bifida paralysis are caused by nerve damage. The nerves that control bowel and bladder functions are damaged and unable to work properly as the nerves that control other parts of the body can be damages and unable to control other parts of the body. These damaged nerves prevent the child from being able to control their bodies including their bowels and bladder. As such, many children suffering from severe spina bifida do not have full control of the bladder and bowels. These spina bifida bowel and bladder problems can often result in urinary tract infections, suffer kidney damage, and incontinence.

Several forms of spina bifida can also cause hydrocephalus, which is increased fluid on the brain. The increased fluid or hydrocephalus can be caused when the fluid around the brain cannot drain properly. In cases of spina bifida hydrocephalus, the spina bifida defect will typically block the fluid's normal path and will often require a shunt to be placed in the child to drain the fluid from the brain and reduce fluid pressure on the brain.

Meningocele Spina Bifida Surgery Can Often Help Children Develop Normally Without Paralysis

Meningocele spina bifida is the rarest type of spina bifida where the protective membrane covering the spinal cord (the meninges) develops incorrectly and protrudes through an opening in the spine. Because this form of spina bifida does not involve the spinal cord itself, meningocele spina bifida can usually be treated through surgically and allow children to develop normally without paralysis. However, children with meningocele spina bifida can develop hydrocephalus and bowel or bladder problems.

Occulta spina bifida is the mildest form of spina bifida where there is a small defect, gap or malformation in one or more of the vertebrae of the spine. In occulta spina bifida cases, there is often no nerve damage or symptoms for the child, but as the child develops problems may arise through progressive neurological deterioration. Some affected individuals have a dimple, hairy patch, dark spot or swelling over the affected area, and most affected individuals with mild occulta spina bifida will need no treatment.

Neural Tube Birth Defects Including Anencephaly Birth Defects Often Cause the Brain and Skull to Develope Improperly

Anencephaly is the most severe type of neural tube defect because it prevents the brain from properly forming. In these anencephaly neural tube defect cases the brain and skull do not develop correctly. In other words, the "cephalic" or head end of the neural tube fails to close properly which causes the brain, skull and scalp not to develop properly. Infants with anencephaly are often born without a forebrain and a cerebrum and are usually blind, deaf, unconscious and unable to feel pain. Many of these children are still born, but some are actually born but do not live long.

Encephaloceles are rare neural tube defects that result in abnormal openings in the skull through which brain tissue protrudes. Encephaloceles are often accompanied by deformities of the skull or face and/or other brain malformations. Symptoms may include hydrocephalus, spastic quadriplegia (paralysis of all four limbs), developmental delay, vision problems, mental and growth retardation and seizures.

The prognosis for babies with this disorder varies. It depends on what brain tissue is involved and the accompanying brain malformations and symptoms. While most babies with encephaloceles do not survive or are severely retarded, early surgery has helped some children. Generally, surgery is performed during infancy to put the protruding brain tissue back into the skull and correct any craniofacial abnormalities.

Drug Neural Tube Defect Lawyers Help Anencephaly Defect Families and Infant Spinal Cord Defect Families Determine Causes and Seek Compensation

Several medications, products, and drugs have been linked to birth defects including neural tube defects. Unfortunately, through strong marketing pressure some drug companies have been continuing to push doctors to prescribe drugs to pregnant women that may cause severe birth defects. These birth defects can result in death or injury to an infant including malformation, permanent paralysis, disabilities, and severe health problems. If your child was born with a birth defect including a neural tube birth defect, cleft palate, or other birth defect, please feel free to contact Neural Tube Defect Lawyer Jason S. Coomer to determine if a drug you were on while pregnant might have caused a birth defect and if a doctor may have negligently prescribed drugs to a pregnant woman or young child.

Myelomeningocele Birth Defect Lawyer and Defective Drug Neural Tube Birth Defect Lawyer Helps Families Review Drug Histories

Neural tube birth defects are a type of birth defect that prevent normal development of a child's brain and spinal cord. The neural tube is the embryonic structure that develops into the brain and spinal cord. In most pregnant women, the neural tube normally folds inward and closes by the 28th day after conception. When the neural tube fails to close completely or develop properly, defects of the brain, spinal cord and vertebrae can result in the child. These neural tube birth defects can result in death or serious nerve damage that can cause permanent paralysis, disabilities, and severe health problems. The two most common neural tube defects are spina bifida and anencephaly.

Neural tube defects are serious birth defects caused by incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord and/or their protective coverings. These brain and spinal cord birth defects occur when the fetus' spine fails to close properly during the early stages of pregnancy. SSRI Medications including Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Symbyax, Celexa, Cymbalta, Effexor and Lexapro have been linked to neurological development issues.

These SSRI antidepressants may cause birth defects and developmental problems if taken during pregnancy. Some potential birth defects and developmental problems include neural tube birth defects, heart defects, cleft palates, cleft lips, clubbed feet, as well as other malformations and developmental problems. These selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs have been strongly marketed by the drug companies and are commonly used to treat depression and other disorders. Unfortunately, some medical doctors still negligently prescribe these drugs to pregnant women.

Negliently Prescribed SSRI Drugs May Cause Neural Tube Birth Defects

SSRI class drugs include citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, Cipram, Dalsan, Recital, Emocal, Sepram, Seropram, Citox, Cital) dapoxetine (Priligy) escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Seroplex, Esertia) fluoxetine (Prozac, Fontex, Seromex, Seronil, Sarafem, Ladose, Motivest,Flutop, Fluctin (EUR), Fluox (NZ), Depress (UZB), Lovan (AUS)) fluvoxamine (Luvox, Fevarin, Faverin, Dumyrox, Favoxil, Movox) indalpine (Upstene) (discontinued) paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat, Sereupin, Aropax, Deroxat, Divarius, Rexetin, Xetanor, Paroxat, Loxamine, Deparoc) sertraline (Zoloft, Lustral, Serlain, Asentra) vilazodone (Viibyrd) and zimelidine (Zelmid, Normud)

Some of the most popular SSRI antidepressants are:

Studies suggest that the use of SSRI antidepressants including Effexor, Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, and Paxil during pregnancy may cause serious birth defects including: neural tube birth defects (abnormally shaped head/skull, brain and spinal cord injuries), heart birth defects and lung birth defects (PPHN), abdominal wall injury and closure of the anus, omphacele (a birth defect in which the infant's intestine or other, abdominal organs stick out of the belly button), and club foot.

Wellbutrin Has Also Been Linked to Neural Tube Birth Defects

Bupropion hydrochloride is marketed under the following names:

  • Wellbutrin

  • Wellbutrin SR

  • Wellbutrin XL

  • Zyban

Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Zyban, Wellbutrin XL and bupropion are in the FDA's pregnancy category C, which means the drug can cause injury to unborn and nursing babies. A recent article published in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (July 2010) suggests that there may be an increased risk of heart defects in the mother's offspring from the antidepressant taken during pregnancy. The study identified a positive association between early pregnancy Wellbutrin use and a congenital heart problem known as a left outflow tract defect. This heart birth defect can restrict the flow of blood to the rest of the body from the heart's left chambers, and often must be surgically corrected to allow the child's main artery to function properly.

Unfortunately, depression is not uncommon in women of childbearing age, and Wellbutrin is often used during the early stages of pregnancy. Among the most serous side effects of Wellbutrin are heart defects found in infants of women who took the drugs during the first trimester of their pregnancies.

Depakote Has Also Been Linked to Spina Bifida and Other Neurological Development Issues and other Birth Defects

Women that take Depakote, Depakote ER, Depakene, Depacon, D├ępakine Chrono, and other forms of divalproex sodium, while they are pregnant may be at higher risk to have children with serious birth defects including spina bifida, cleft palate, cleft lip, and malformations. If you believe that you or someone in your family is on Depakote or Depakote ER while pregnant, please contact a doctor immediately.

Federal and Texas Spina Bifida Malpractice Lawyers Review Cases Where Medications Have Been Wrongfully Prescribed to Pregnant Women, Mothers, and Small Children

Federal Spina Bifida Lawyers and Texas Spina Bifida Lawyers handle complicated malpractice cases. These malpractice cases often require significant resources to thoroughly review medical records and pharmacy records to identify medical mistakes. Often these mistakes involve doctors prescribing medications to pregnant women, mothers, and small children. When this occurs, the incorrect drugs can often cause central nervous system defects including Spina Bifida and Anencephaly. The starting point for reviewing these cases often includes the medical records where a child is diagnosed with central nervous system defects and the medical records as well as the pharmacy records for the child's mother.

Spina Bifida Lawyer Works With Lawyers Throughout The United States on Neural Tube Birth Defect Lawsuits Caused By Pesticides, Medications, and Other Toxic Exposures

Spina Bifida lawyer, Jason Coomer, works with lawyers and legal teams throughout the United States on neural tube birth defect cases. Together they help families identify toxic exposures, defective products, and medical negligence that cause catastrophic central nervous system defects and inhibited neurological development. More specifically, his teams review neural tube birth defects caused by pesticides, medications, and other toxic exposures. If a child in your family has suffered a significant spina bifida, anencephaly, or other neural tube birth defects or significant neurological development issues, please feel free to contact Spina Bifida Attorney, Jason S. Coomer.

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