Cleft Palate / Cleft Lip

Birth Defects Potentially Linked to the Use of Medications During Pregnancy

Not all birth defects are noticeable, but cleft palate and cleft lip can be very obvious, affecting the look, feel and function of a child’s mouth and speech. It is possible for a child to develop cleft lip or cleft palate in utero, but in the event that a baby is born with both, the condition is then referred to as orofacial clefts.

A cleft palate occurs when the roof of the mouth does not connect completely, leaving the palate separated. In some cases, both the front and back of the palate remain open. A cleft lip occurs when the tissue does not join fully. It leaves an opening in the upper lip that can present itself as a small slit or a complete opening that travels up to the nose. This kind of defect can affect one side or the other, including the middle of the lip as well. Both cleft palate and cleft lip can impair a child’s ability to speak, chew food, or even hear (the child will be more susceptible to ear infections).

Call (888) 367-7160 today for your free case review.

Medication During Pregnancy as a Cause

Like other birth defects, it has been suggested that cleft palate and cleft lip may be linked to the mother’s use of certain medications during pregnancy, including various selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and anticonvulsants.

The medications that may possibly be linked to cleft palate or cleft lip include:

  • Zoloft
  • Prozac
  • Topamax
  • Zofran
  • Symbyax

Is Surgery Necessary?

In most cases, especially severe cases of cleft palate or cleft lip, surgery is required to repair the structures. This will restore the physical appearance of the lip or palate, but it is very likely that the child will need additional procedures in the future to help fix issues with their teeth and speech. The need for surgery is often determined by the severity of the cleft, the presence of any other birth defects, and the age and needs of the child.

How Common is Cleft Palate / Cleft Lip?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 2,650 babies are born with cleft palate and about 4,440 babies are born with cleft lip each year in the United States. Often times, babies are born with isolated orofacial clefts, meaning that there no other birth defects present.

If you took an SSRI, antidepressant, or anticonvulsant while pregnant and your baby was born with cleft lip or cleft palate, call Bailey Peavy Bailey Cowan Heckaman today to discuss your legal options.

Call us now at (888) 367-7160 to discuss your case.

Commitment to Our Clients

  • 01 Highest quality
    & ethical
    legal services
  • 02 Focus on each
    case as if it
    were our own
  • 03 Strive for
    excellence in keeping
    clients informed
  • 04 Erase any
    doubts clients have
    in their case
  • 05 Work hard to
    earn the trust
    of our clients
How we fight for you

Hear from Our Clients

At BPB, we are proud of the representation that we provide to our clients—the financial compensation that we have won on their behalf and the way we have protected their rights. If you would like to hear what they think of our national trial attorneys, straight from their mouths, please take a minute to watch the videos below.

  • Aubry Campbell
  • Sherrie Moore
  • Loretta Lamont
  • Ava Campbell
  • Pat Chiacchio
  • Doris Hamblett

Representing Victims & Their Families Throughout the U.S. for over 30 Years

  • They made it known that they really care, not just about the lawsuit or winning, but about me as a human being.

    - Ava Campbell
  • They treated us with so much respect and care, I felt that they really cared about what we were going through.

    - Dorris Hamblett
  • There is a law firm out there that will fight for your family’s rights and I think Bailey Peavy Bailey is the way to go.

    - Loretta Lamont
  • It wasn’t like he was acting as an “attorney-client” relationship, it was almost looking at how a mother would talk to her son. It made us feel as a family extremely comfortable.

    - Pat Chiacchio
  • Firms like this need to be commended for taking on the giant.

    - Sherrie Moore
  • Attorney Heckaman has provided outstanding legal guidance and support. I am very pleased with all aspects of our business/legal relationship.

    - Barry Johnson
  • We were always treated with dignity and respect. I highly recommend Aaron Heckaman to any client needing asbestos or related litigation.

    - Aubrey Campbell
  • Thanks so much for what you’ve done for me and my family.

    - Marie Delffs
  • The team was very accommodating and helpful.

    - Andria Tanguma
  • Our attorney has been truly remarkable.

    - Dorothy Brown
  • I am very thankful I made the phone call.

    - Richard Kanoski
  • Randy Reagan was outstanding, concerned, committed, and professional.

    - Robert King Jr.
  • Our attorney, Randy Reagan, was fantastic!

    - Virginia Butler
  • Very thorough and knowledgeable. Answered all my questions.

    - Linda Mann
  • They have done what they said they would do.

    - Janice Hunter
  • I can never thank you enough.

    - Jeanette Poage
  • Very professional. When I had a question, it was answered.

    - Thomas Szabo
  • Our attorney was compassionate and caring during the most difficult time. He is a man of impeccable character!

    - Bonnie Feist
  • Thank you for your hard work and compassion!

    - Therese LeFever
  • Very professional and knowledgeable about all issues!

    - Charles Bowen
  • I would recommend Bailey Peavey Bailey Cowan Heckaman to my friends and family.

    - Jeanette Davis and Tonya Force
  • The firm was very personal and treated me kindly.

    - Willa Maye Shepherd
  • They will leave no stone unturned

    - Merle Breiland
  • Highly recommend

    - Mark Poedtke
  • Few have had such a personal concern for its clients as has BPB

    - Gordon R. Stone, Ed.D.
  • Thank you for your help and hard work you have done

    - Kirby - Referral Attorney