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Low Birth Weight Due to Toxic Exposure on Military Bases

Regardless of which military branch they served in, service members have always faced intense life-threatening experiences, many with unseen effects that may not reveal themselves until well after they return from deployments or leave a military facility.

These are the emotional and psychological damages that may not be visible, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately, this is also the case for countless veterans exposed to toxic chemicals while stationed at military bases and installations. 

For example, the active ingredients from aqueous film-forming foams used on fires at hundreds of emergency and training sites over the past half-century (e.g., airports, air force bases, and other military sites) have been found in groundwater through monitoring wells at levels above those set by some state regulators.

These substances, PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), can lead to:

If you were stationed with your husband at a contaminated military base while you were pregnant and subsequently delivered a baby with low birth weight, you may be eligible for financial compensation through a VA claim and additionally through a compensation claim. Similarly, if you are a female service member whose baby was born at a low birth weight as a consequence of your stay at a contaminated military base, you are also eligible for compensation.

Early Pregnancy Exposure to Toxic Substances Is Associated With Lower Birth Weight

Low birth weight, a term used to describe babies born weighing less than 2,500 grams, is associated with an increased risk of infant mortality, developmental problems in childhood, and poorer health later in life. There are several factors related to low birth weight among newborns.

Some of the most common causes of a baby having low birth weight include:

  • premature childbirth with a gestation of no more than 37 weeks - a baby born early has less time in the mother's womb to grow and gain weight, and much of a fetus's weight is gained during the final months of pregnancy
  • intrauterine growth restriction - babies were born on time but didn't grow enough during pregnancy
  • maternal exposure to environmental toxins such as lead, mercury, benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), and vinyl chloride

As many as 900,000 active-duty and reserve personnel were assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. At the same time, hazardous spills, leakage from underground storage tanks, and other waste disposal practices took place.

Thousands of them have developed cancer and other health problems due to continuous or repeated contact with toxic substances.

In addition, observational epidemiology studies have reported an association between prenatal exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particularly benzene, and birth outcomes such as birth weight or gestational age at birth.

Provide Our Legal Experts With Evidence of Your Stay at One or Multiple Military Bases, and We Do the Rest

Babies born at a lower birth weight were at an increased risk for particular health conditions later in life, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, high blood pressure, and intellectual and developmental disabilities than infants born at a normal weight.

If you gave birth to a child with low birth weight due to being stationed at one of the following military bases, you are eligible for compensation, which our team of experts has the necessary knowledge and resources to help you recover:

Don't hesitate to give us a call free of charge if you were stationed for at least one year at any of the above military stations while pregnant and gave birth to a baby with low birth weight. We will take your case under consideration and inform you whether you are eligible for compensation.

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