According to the Center for Disease Control, aka the CDC, 1 out of every 33 babies are born with a birth defect. Birth defects are defined as structural changes present at birth that can affect almost any part or parts of the body, how the body looks, works, or both. Most birth defects are the effect of pregnant women being exposed to toxic chemicals, such as, lead, mercury, chlorine, or pesticides. The five most common birth defects are genetic defects, such as Down syndrome. Mouth or facial defects, more specifically cleft lip and/ or cleft palate. Heart defects. Musculoskeletal defects include arm or leg defects, stomach or intestinal defects, and eye defects.
An example of a product that contained toxins which lead to birth defects is Gold Bond. Gold Bond products frequently contained talcum powder, exposure to this powder had been known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other harm. Due to the use of this powder Gold Bond is required to provide warnings that significant exposures to chemicals may cause illness. Companies such as Bausch Health, CVS, Target, Walgreen, Walmart, and Thorton Industries are also required to post warnings as they sell several talc-based products. Another well-known case where exposure to toxins had catastrophic effects was the use of Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder. The Johnson and Johnson baby powder also contained talcum powder, which is linked to life-threatening illness and lead to a multitude of side effects, including:
Respiratory problems in infants.
General respiratory problems
Asthma and pneumonia
Lung cancer and chronic respiratory problems
In cases where a company or product leads to illness or a birth defect, there is a possibility that a lawsuit could be filed. If the lawsuit is won, financial compensation may be awarded to help with the cost of caring for a child with birth defects. The cost of care may include tuition for special schools or the cost or medical motoring, testing, and treatment.
If you think you may have been exposed to such toxins that may have caused a birth defect, contact the lawyers at Darfoor Law Firm for a free consultation by calling us at 754-812-8444 or toll free at 1-833-DARFOOR.