Neural tube defects - PFAS exposure claims

Neural tube defects usually occur in the first month of pregnancy, before a woman knows she is pregnant. The most common neural tube defects are spina bifida and anencephaly. What causes neural tube defects is a combination of multiple genes and multiple environmental factors. Exposure to PFAS, a group of toxic fluorinated chemicals, is also correlated with the development of neural tube defects. These chemicals are currently present on over 700 military sites. If you were stationed with your husband or alone, as a female member of the military, while you were pregnant at a contaminated military base and gave birth to a child with a neural tube defect, you may be entitled to compensation.

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Even if your child was born with a neural tube defect, our attorneys will have to review your military and medical records to determine whether you are indeed eligible for compensation. We offer a free evaluation to everyone who wants to file a claim.

As some of the most common birth defects, neural tube defects occur in 1 out of 1,000 newborns in the United States. There are two types of neural tube defects, namely open and closed. While the former refers to the brain or the spinal cord being exposed through a defect in the skull or vertebrae, the latter occurs when the spinal defect is covered by skin. Between 50% and 70% of neural tube defects can be prevented if the pregnant woman supplements her diet with folic acid. Insufficient folic acid is one of the main causes of neural tube defects. The following are the most common neural tube defects:

  • spina bifida
  • anencephaly
  • encephalocele
  • lipomyelomeningocele
  • tethered cord
  • lipomeningocele

Nevertheless, even if the pregnant woman who is exposed to PFAS takes enough folic acid, the risk of giving birth to a child with a neural tube defect is high, as these chemicals are highly toxic. The primary source of PFAS on military bases throughout the country is aqueous film-forming foam, also known as AFFF, a fire suppressant used to put out jet fuel and petroleum fires by military firefighters and trainees. Once PFAS are released in the environment, they persist, as they are forever chemicals. Similarly, once they enter the human body, they remain there forever, being able to cause serious health problems to the unborn child in pregnant women. If you gave birth to a child with a neural tube defect and were stationed at a contaminated military base while you were pregnant, you might be entitled to financial compensation.

Quality legal assistance for women who gave birth to children with neural tube defects after being exposed to PFAS

With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation on behalf of victims of toxic exposure, our law firm has the necessary knowledge and resources to help you recover the money you deserve for your child if they were born with a neural tube defect as a consequence of your stay at a military base contaminated with PFAS. However, our attorneys will have to carefully review your documents before deciding whether you qualify for compensation. The legal process, while complex and tedious, will require minimal involvement on your part.

If you are a veteran, you will need to retrieve your military records and your child's medical records and send these documents to our legal team. Spouses of veterans will have to provide us with evidence of their stay at the military base and their child's medical records. We will file a claim with the AFFF manufacturers responsible for the suffering of your child and with the VA if you are a veteran. Eventually, you may receive the financial compensation you are eligible for on behalf of your child's suffering.