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Chemical Exposure-Related Birth Defects

Knowledgeable Phoenix Lawyers Handle Chemical Exposure and Related Birth Defect Cases

Helping your family get justice when your baby suffers a birth defect

In many occupations, working with chemicals is an everyday part of the job. While some of those chemicals are relatively harmless, others can cause serious health problems. Sometimes these complications develop right away, and sometimes they take years to unfold. Whenever a business requires its employees to work with dangerous chemicals, it has a duty to protect the health and safety of those workers as well. But because that costs money, some employers choose to cut corners. Most terrifying of all, cutting corners not only endangers employees – chemical exposure can cause catastrophic birth defects in the employees’ unborn children.

At Plattner Verderame, P.C., we hold companies accountable for choices that put workers’ health and safety below profits. Profit is important, but it shouldn’t come before people. Our knowledgeable Phoenix chemical exposure attorneys understand the relationship between chemicals used by employers and the birth defects that their employees’ children may suffer. We know how to establish that connection to get you and your family the compensation you deserve.

$17.5 million settlement: Child born with birth defects due to chemical exposure to mother. 2016.

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What kind of chemical exposure can lead to birth defects?

Cognitive impairment, brain injury, missing limbs and other birth defects have been linked to exposure to teratogens (“an agent or factor that causes malformation of an embryo”) before and during pregnancy. While these complications are often passed on from the mother, women are not the only ones who need to be worried about exposure to chemicals. Men who work with chemicals are also at increased risk of having children with birth defects.

A study published by Live Science discussed the connection between men who worked within certain industries and the risk of birth defects in their newborn children. Researchers concluded that men working with solvents during the months prior to conception are at greater risk of have children with birth defects. Some of the potentially dangerous careers include:

  • Painters
  • Dry cleaners
  • Plumbers
  • Chemical workers
  • Oil and gas workers
  • Sawmill operatives
  • Landscapers
  • Beauticians
  • Florists
  • Auto mechanics

While chemical exposure can occur within any of these industries, folks who work in the electronics industry, especially making semiconductors, are particularly at risk. These are often called “clean room cases” because many labs have defective air circulation systems. Utilized chemicals can cause reproductive harm to anyone in the building – not just the workers in closest contact with the chemicals. Clean room workers, contractors working on the tools or the vents and engineers all share the risk of harm, including harm to children not born for several years after the exposure.

Many of the chemical-related birth defect cases we handle involve these clean room exposures. In the Phoenix area alone, clean room operations are run by national and global high-tech companies such as Motorola, Intel and ASML. Sadly, a famous brand name does not always translate into greater concern for worker safety, even if their commercials would make you think otherwise. It turns out that many manufacturers invest substantial amounts of money in keeping the product clean, while cutting costs on worker safety.

Obtaining compensation for various types of birth defects

Various birth defects can stem from chemical exposure. Eye injuries, heart defects and intestinal complications are among the most common conditions, along with delayed brain development and deformed organs. These medical challenges can have lifelong implications for your child and cause significant difficulties for your family. Treatment and rehabilitation for medical defects are often extensive and costly. Without compensation from the responsible party, your family’s resources and savings can be quickly depleted.

Our compassionate Phoenix chemical exposure lawyers understand the economic challenges your family will face for years to come. That’s why we work hard to hold employers accountable. Proving employer negligence and that a particular child’s injuries resulted from that negligence is complex and expensive, but you do not need to worry. When you secure representation from our firm, we pay for the up-front costs of investigation and litigation. If we can’t prove the case, we’ll tell you. If the case is both righteous and provable, we’ll fight for you. Let us make a difference for you and your family.

Types of Cases We Handle

Our attorneys handle a variety of cases, including:

Contact us today for a comprehensive review of your Arizona chemical exposure-related birth defect case

Find out for yourself why law firms around the country rely on our experience, routinely referring difficult cases to our lawyers. We handle chemical exposure-related birth defect cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you can focus on caring for your child without worrying about the burden of up-front legal fees. You won’t owe us anything for our representation unless we obtain a verdict or settlement on your behalf. If your baby was born with some type of physical or mental disability, call Plattner Verderame, P.C. at 602-266-2002, or complete our convenient contact form today.

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