Chemical Birth Defects

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About Chemical Birth Defects

Toxic chemical exposures are a known, but often invisible, cause of birth defects in children. In many cases, the link between the parent’s chemical exposures and the child’s birth defect remains undetected. At Siri & Glimstad, we specialize in determining whether your child’s birth defect may have been caused by chemical exposures, and obtaining justice for your family.

Industrial Exposures

Workers in industries that handle solvents and toxic metals are at elevated risk for having children with birth defects. Industries that handle reproductively toxic chemicals include (but are not limited to) the aerospace industry, chemical industry, pesticide industry, and semiconductor industry.

Reproductively toxic chemicals in the workplace include acetone, benzene, cadmium, chromium, hexane, lead, MEK, mercury, methyl acetate, methylene chloride, perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, toluene, and xylene.

Contaminated Drinking Water

Drinking water that is contaminated with industrial chemicals is another major risk factor for chemical-induced birth defects. If you live near an industry with groundwater pollution problems, you and your future child may be at risk.

Chemicals Can Cause Birth Defects Through the Mother or Father

There is a tendency to think that chemicals can only cause birth defects if the exposure occurs to the mother during pregnancy. But science shows that fathers are also at risk. For men, chemical exposures in the three months prior to the child’s conception is the period of greatest vulnerability. During these months, chemical exposures can cause genetic damage to the developing sperm that can result in permanent and catastrophic harm to the offspring.

Types of Birth Defects

Exposures to toxic chemicals can cause a wide range of birth defects, including:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Developmental delay
  • Genetic disorders
  • Intellectual disability
  • Missing or deformed limbs
  • Spina Bifida

How Siri & Glimstad Can Help

Working with an experienced legal team can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Here at Siri & Glimstad, we will take your case on a contingency basis, with means you never have to pay anything out-of-pocket. Our Birth Defects team is led by Michael Connett, a partner at Siri & Glimstad who has successfully taken on some of the nation’s largest chemical industries on behalf of families suffering from chemical-induced birth defects.

If you or a loved one has a birth defect that you believe may have been caused by chemicals, do not hesitate to reach out! Fill out the form on this page to have your case evaluated today.

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