Camp Lejeune: Oral cleft defects claims

Camp Lejeune: Oral cleft defects claims video

1 in every 1,600 babies is born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate, 1 in every 2,800 babies is born with a cleft lip without a cleft palate, and 1 in every 1,700 babies is born with a cleft palate in the US. While the cause of oral cleft defects is still unknown, a connection with exposure to PFAS, a group of toxic chemicals, has recently been found by medical researchers. The drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with these harmful chemicals and also with industrial solvents. If you were stationed at this military base with your husband or by yourself, as a female member of the military, while you were pregnant and gave birth to a child with a cleft lip or cleft palate, you might be eligible for compensation, which we can help you recover.

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Maternal exposure to organic solvents increases the risk of having a child with an oral cleft defect

Oral cleft defects

The lips form between the fourth and seventh weeks of pregnancy.

A cleft lip occurs if the tissue that makes up the lip does not join completely before birth. The roof of the mouth forms between the sixth and the ninth week of pregnancy.

If the tissue that makes up the roof of the mouth, medically known as the palate, does not join together completely during pregnancy, cleft palate is diagnosed.

Children with oral cleft defects often have other health problems, as:

  • problems with feeding
  • difficulty speaking clearly
  • frequent ear infections
  • hearing problems
  • problems with their teeth

The main source of PFAS on military bases throughout the country is the use of AFFF by military firefighters and trainees to extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires. This fire suppressant, while very effective, contains PFAS, which are forever chemicals, meaning that once they are released into the environment, they persist. In the regrettable case that your child was born with a cleft lip or cleft palate and you lived at Camp Lejeune while you were pregnant, you might be able to recover financial compensation on behalf of your child with the help of our resourceful legal team if you meet the eligibility criteria.

According to a study from the medical journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, exposure to oxygenated, chlorinated, and petroleum solvents increases the risk of pregnant women giving birth to a child with an oral cleft defect. The risk increased linearly with the level of exposure within the 3 subgroups of oxygenated solvents we considered - aliphatic alcohols, glycol ethers, and other oxygenated solvents, including esters, ketones, and aliphatic aldehydes.

Quality legal assistance for parents whose children were born with oral cleft defects due to toxic exposure

Since 1990, we have been helping victims of toxic exposure recover the money they deserve and we are bound to go to great lengths to provide you with quality legal assistance. If you are a woman whose child was born with a cleft lip or cleft palate as a consequence of your stay at Camp Lejeune, we will file a toxic water exposure claim, as well as with the VA, if you are a veteran. However, to know for sure whether you qualify, we will need to carefully review your documents.

Your involvement in the legal process, which is complex and demanding, will be minimal, as you will only have to send our attorneys your military records, which you must retrieve, and your child's medical records if you are a veteran. Spouses of veterans will need to provide us with evidence of their stay at Camp Lejeune and their child's medical records. Eventually, you might receive the maximum compensation available if you choose to work with our law firm.