Oral cleft defects - PFAS exposure claims

1 in every 1,600 babies are born with cleft lip with cleft palate, 1 in every 2,800 babies are born with cleft lip without cleft palate and 1 in every 1,700 babies are born with 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. At the moment, there are over 700 military sites contaminated with PFAS. If you were stationed at one of these military bases with your husband or by yourself, as a female member of the military, while you were pregnant and gave birth to a child with cleft lip or cleft palate, you are eligible for compensation, which we can help you recover.

Claim Application

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, such 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 aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, used 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 in the environment, they persist. In the regrettable case that your child was born with cleft lip or cleft palate and you lived at a military base on which PFAS were present while you were pregnant, you can recover financial compensation on behalf of your child with the help of our resourceful legal team.

File a toxic exposure claim with the assistance of our skilled legal team

Since 1990, we have been helping victims of toxic exposure recover the money they deserve from the liable companies and 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 a military base contaminated with PFAS, we will file a toxic exposure claim with the companies that manufactured the AFFF that was used, as well as with the VA, if you are a veteran. Your involvement in the legal process, which is complex and demanding, will be minimal, as you will only have to send us evidence of your stay at the military base in question and proof of the diagnosis of your child. Eventually, you will receive the maximum compensation available from the responsible parties if you choose to work with our law firm.