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 are entitled to compensation.

Claim Application

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 are entitled to financial compensation.

Quality legal assistance for women who gave birth to children with neural tube defects as a result of PFAS exposure

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. The legal process, while complex and tedious, will require minimal involvement on your part, as we will only need evidence of your stay at the military base in question and proof of the neural defect of your child. Our legal experts will efficiently take care of the rest of the documents for you. We will file a claim with the AFFF manufacturers responsible for the suffering of your child, as well as with the VA if you are a veteran. Eventually, following claim submission, you will receive the maximum compensation available on behalf of your child if you decide to work with our skilled legal team.