As a devastating experience, miscarriage occurs in 15 out of 100 pregnancies. Even though a miscarriage is often the consequence of chromosomal abnormalities, it can also be caused by exposure to harmful substances on military bases such as Camp Lejeune among female veterans or the wives of male veterans. Teratogens are chemicals that cause fetal abnormalities, but they can also lead to miscarriages.
Once a pregnant woman is exposed to organic solvents from drinking water, the substance will enter her bloodstream and affect the fetus, eventually causing a miscarriage. The first trimester is the most critical in fetal development when it comes to teratogen vulnerability. It is worth noting that the father's exposure to teratogens can also increase miscarriage risk by heightening the levels of chromosomal abnormalities in the sperm. These are the teratogenic substances that were present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune:
The researchers in a study followed the pregnancy outcome of 71 women, 24 of whom had been exposed to organic solvents in the workplace, which can be comparable to toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune. Of the participants exposed to solvents, 33% experienced a miscarriage, whereas only 19% who had not been exposed had one. In a study of 155 pregnancies in women exposed to organic solvents occupationally, the miscarriage rate was 18%, as opposed to only 7% in the control group.
If you are a woman who spent time at Camp Lejeune between 1953 - 1987 and experienced a miscarriage, we encourage you to contact us, as you might be entitled to financial compensation for your loss.
With over 35 years of experience in reviewing toxic exposure and personal injury claims, our expert team is ready to offer you quality assistance if you lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and experienced a miscarriage, either as a veteran or the spouse of one. The process is simple and will mostly take place over the phone. To assess your case, we will only ask for your military records, which you must retrieve, or evidence of your stay at the military base, and your medical records. If we determine that you are eligible to file a claim, we will put you in touch with a reliable, specialized attorney to have your claim filed.
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