Also known as congenital heart disease, cardiac defects are various problems with the heart structure present at birth. These abnormalities develop when the heart or blood vessels fail to form correctly in utero. At least 8 out of every 1,000 infants born nationwide annually have a cardiac defect. Some of the risk factors for these birth defects are genetics, alcohol consumption during pregnancy, and taking certain medications while pregnant. Still, pregnant women who drank contaminated water at Camp Lejeune during the last century also have a higher risk of giving birth to a baby with a cardiac defect.
Interestingly, paternal exposure to the solvents present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune can cause right ventricle outflow tract obstructions and atrial septal defects in unborn children. There are many types of congenital heart disease, the most common being ventricular septal defects. These refer to a hole in the wall of the heart separating the lower chambers and allowing blood to pass from the left to the right side of the organ. The following are other cardiac defects the newborns of women who lived at Camp Lejeune while pregnant can have at birth:
If your baby was born with a cardiac defect as a consequence of you having spent time at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 when the drinking water was toxic, we strongly encourage you to contact our team of professionals, as we have the necessary experience, resources, and knowledge to help you determine whether you are entitled to financial compensation on behalf of your child. The process is very simple and will take place mostly over the phone.
With over 35 years of experience in assessing toxic exposure and personal injury claims, our expert team is ready to offer you quality assistance if you were stationed at Camp Lejeune, either as a female veteran or the spouse of a male veteran, and gave birth to a child with a cardiac defect. The only documents we will need to evaluate your case are your military records or evidence of your stay at the military base, your medical records, and the medical records of your child. Eligible parents will promptly be directed to a reliable, trustworthy attorney to have their claims filed as soon as possible.
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