Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome Compensation Claims

Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome Compensation Claims

Making clinical negligence Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome Compensation claims

What is Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome?

Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (FACS) is a rare condition leading to a range of malformations which can affect the unborn child. It is also sometimes referred to as fetal hydantoin syndrome or fetal valproate syndrome.

What causes Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome?

Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome occurs when pregnant women with epilepsy having medical treatment take certain anti-epilepsy drugs during their pregnancy because they are not aware of the harmful effects of these drugs on their unborn child including the risks of major birth injuries/birth defects associated with the drugs.

Epilepsy is a serious and complex condition which must be managed appropriately to avoid potential fatalities.  Women of child-bearing age who have epilepsy and are taking anti-epilepsy drugs like sodium valproate should be warned about the risks of these drugs on their unborn child, if they are taken during pregnancy. Not being warned about these risks is classed as negligent treatment.

Drug companies have not always provided adequate information about the risks associated with these drugs but in 2016 new safety warnings were introduced. Nonetheless there are concerns that these warnings should have been introduced much earlier. There are also concerns that medical professionals did not receive the necessary training, nor information, to provide them with the knowledge about the risks when managing the treatment of women of child-bearing age who have epilepsy.

What injuries does Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome cause?

Medical professionals who have been undertaking research into the condition say that potential effects of anti-epilepsy medication on the unborn child include:
• spina bifida
• cleft lip and/or palate
• upper limb abnormalities
• lower limb abnormalities
• congenital heart disease
• kidney problems
• learning and behavioural difficulties
• autism

Can I make a Claim for Compensation for Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome?

Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome can cause life-long injuries that can have a devastating impact on families affected by the condition.  The affected children (or adults) may need lifelong care.  As well as the cost of their care, the children may also be entitled to compensation for the effect of the injuries on their life and future prospects, if it can be shown that drug companies or healthcare professional have failed in their duty of care to the mother and child.

Bringing a medical negligence claim will not provide a cure but it may provide the financial compensation to help (as far as money can) put things right for the injured children and their families.

How do I make a Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome Compensation Claim?

At Tozers, we have a highly experienced clinical negligence team who will advise you on the best course of action in a sympathetic and professional way. If you would like to discuss making a claim, please contact one of our experienced medical negligence solicitors, Exeter for initial advice, free of charge.

Over the years we have dealt with a wide range of clinical negligence cases and personal injury claims, so you can be sure that our professional medical negligence lawyers are able to assist you in any way they can throughout this often-challenging process.

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