Miscarriage, the unexpected loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy, is the most common pregnancy complication, affecting approximately 1 out of 8 women throughout the US.
Unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking and alcohol consumption can lead to a miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy. Furthermore, there is increasing evidence suggesting that exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals like heavy metals, PFAS, flame retardants, and industrial solvents could be implicated in miscarriage.
Throughout the United States, military service members, regardless of which military branch they served in, were unknowingly exposed to numerous toxins that have had devastating health outcomes while stationed at certain military bases.
During more than 40 years of operations at these military bases and installations, industrial activities - which met standards in effect at the time - allowed cleaning fluids, solvents, and fuels to be disposed of in a manner that eventually resulted in seepage into the soil and groundwater.
Female service members and wives of military personnel stationed at one of the following military bases have suffered medical complications, including fertility problems, birth defects, stillbirths, and miscarriages:
It is well known that maintaining a healthy diet is crucial for your well-being and your baby’s growth and development. Still, there’s another critical yet often overlooked factor that can also affect you or/and your unborn baby’s health: exposure to environmental chemicals and toxins.
Researchers indicate that exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances can affect pregnant women and the fetus during early pregnancy, causing miscarriages, poorer fetal growth, and congenital disabilities.
This may further increase concerns about the risks associated with widespread environmental contamination from toxic chemicals, which are very common in aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) used by the military since the 1970s for training exercises to extinguish liquid and gas fires.
Helen M. lived at Alameda Naval Base from 1994 to 1997, right before it was closed. The 26-year-old military wife was in her second trimester when she began to bleed. She’d miscarried.
Our case managers recounted similar stories in multiple conversations with female service members and wives of military personnel stationed at military installations with known contamination or suspected releases or spills from stored industrial wastes and historical firefighting activities.
At Atraxia Law, our professionals understand the emotional and physical impact that pregnancy loss can have on a prospective mother, father, and other family members. We offer a free-of-charge evaluation to each potential client, so reach out to us today to set up an appointment with our team.
We’ll carefully review the details of your situation and your medical records to assess what type of compensation you might secure through a legal claim.
If you were stationed for at least one year at one of the targeted military facilities with your husband or alone, as a female member of the military, while you were pregnant and experienced a miscarriage, please contact us, and we will thoroughly evaluate your case.
Our team of experts will carefully examine all aspects of our client’s cases to ensure that all reasonable avenues have been explored.
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