By Treven Pyles
Posted on September 16th, 2021
Perfluorinated chemicals have been found in hundreds of military facilities where thousands of service members and their families have resided. These substances have been related to a variety of health issues, including abnormalities that occur during pregnancy, such as birth defects, and functional limitations caused by developmental nervous system disorders.
Hundreds of active or closed military facilities across the United States have been known or suspected to have released PFAS as a result of the usage of PFAS-containing firefighting foam during training exercises involving flammable liquid fires. Firefighting foam concentrations containing PFAS, such as AFFF (aqueous film-forming foam), may easily infiltrate the soil and reach groundwater.
Pregnant women who were stationed with their spouses or alone at military bases contaminated with perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are more likely to give birth to a baby with developmental delays or atypical patterns in communication/language, motor abilities, problem-solving, or social and adaptive behavior.
If you resided while you were pregnant as a female member of the military or wife of a service member at a contaminated military base, and gave birth to a child with developmental problems, we can help you recover the money you deserve through a compensation claim and also additionally through a VA claim.
Because of its strong fluorine-carbon bonds, PFAS chemicals are resistant to normal environmental breakdown and are deemed non-biodegradable and bioaccumulative. Research studies have indicated that exposure to the chemical family that includes PFOA and PFOS may cause birth abnormalities, preterm deliveries, stillbirths, and nervous system development problems.
The human fetus is vulnerable and susceptible to the effects of unfavorable circumstances in the mother's environment throughout its early stages of development. These synthetic compounds may be absorbed by the mother via food or water, and then passed through the placenta to the unborn child.
At least 600 military installations in the United States have been discovered to contain high levels of PFAS chemicals, which have been related to cancer and developmental abnormalities in fetuses and children. Air Force officials, for instance, believe contaminated water at the former Pease Air Force Base located in Portsmouth and Newington, New Hampshire, may have caused an unusually high incidence of birth abnormalities and stillbirths in the early 1980s.
Prolonged exposure to PFAS may result in levels in the body that are high enough to pose a health concern. Highly fluorinated substances have been found to cross the placenta and accumulate in the embryo and fetal tissue.
Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as PFAS during the first trimester of pregnancy, may disrupt a baby's hormonal system by altering or substituting natural hormones and interfering with cellular signaling. Polyfluoroalkyl compound buildup in maternal tissue (e.g., placenta, umbilical cord blood, and mammary glands) has been linked to severe health issues and an increased chance of premature disease later in life.
The weight of evidence indicates that extended exposure to some chemicals, including PFAS, may have a cumulative effect on a baby's well-being by producing subtle but significant alterations in early development that emerge later in childhood and adulthood, as learning and cognitive disabilities, behavioral problems, and various other neurologic disorders.