How much compensation can I receive if my child has a birth defect?

Significant exposure to organic solvents like perchloroethylene and benzene during pregnancy was found to increase the risk of birth defects such as malformations, spina bifida, neural tube defects, and oral clefts. These solvents were heavily polluting the drinking water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987. Please contact our attorneys if your child was born with a congenital defect.

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Parents of children with birth defects can receive between $750,000 and $1,5 million

The health impacts of benzene exposure are well-documented in the medical literature. Significant exposure to benzene during pregnancy from contaminated water is associated with a greater incidence of birth defects such as spina bifida, according to researchers. When a high concentration of muconic acid - a degradation product of benzene - is found in the urine of pregnant women, this should be a cause for concern, as it may indicate heavy benzene exposure. This places their unborn children at risk of being born with a congenital defect.

There have been multiple reports of benzene exposure causing adverse reproductive effects in humans. A birth defects registry study found some association between exposure to benzene and neural tube defects and major cardiac defects. In another study, when specific anomalies were examined, researchers observed a higher prevalence of cleft lip among children exposed to the second quartile of benzene compared to the first.

As for perchloroethylene (PCE), prenatal exposure to it can also put babies at a greater risk for birth defects, according to a study from Environmental Health. These birth defects were 3 times more common among babies who had been exposed to PCE in the womb than in those who were not:

  • cleft lip
  • neural tube defects
  • cleft palate

Benzene and perchloroethylene, the two organic solvents linked to birth defects, were contaminating the drinking water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, so women who lived on this military base and gave birth to a child with a congenital defect are encouraged to seek financial compensation. The compensation you can obtain on behalf of your child ranges between $750,000 and $1,5 million, which can help you afford the healthcare and treatment your child needs.

We are ready to help you recover financial compensation on behalf of your child

In the unfortunate case that you were stationed or lived with your family at Camp Lejeune while you were pregnant and your child was born with a congenital defect, you should get in touch with our attorneys, whose main area of practice is toxic exposure. Both veterans and their spouses may be entitled to financial compensation if they spent at least 30 consecutive days at this military base between 1953 and 1987. To file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit and a VA claim, you will have to retrieve your military records and your medical records and send these documents to us if you are a veteran or provide our legal team with proof of your stay at Camp Lejeune and your medical records if you are the spouse of one.

After carefully reviewing your case, we will establish whether you are eligible for compensation and VA benefits. If you are, our skilled attorneys will begin preparing your claims for submission as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can go on with your life as usual, allowing you to focus on caring for your child, as we know time is a precious resource for parents. In the end, you may receive the financial compensation you are entitled to and the VA benefits you deserve on behalf of your child if you choose to work with us. Working with our law firm is free of charge unless we obtain compensation for you, as we operate on a contingency fee basis.

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