Birth Defects


Top Birth Injury Lawyers

One in 33 babies born in the United States has a birth defect, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control).

A child’s birth defect can be caused by several factors. Many birth defects are caused by a parent’s exposure to chemicals or toxins (teratogens) during pregnancy. Parents whose child is born with a birth defect related to toxic-exposure may recover a substantial financial settlement with the help of an experienced birth defect lawyer.

The lawyers at Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP have extensive experience pursuing and winning birth defects cases. We can help parents understand the relationship between their chemical exposure and their child’s birth defect. When the cause of the child’s injury is initially unknown, our birth defect attorneys work with top scientific and medical experts to determine if the child’s birth defect is related to chemical exposure.

Also, the attorneys at Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP are specialists at helping families struggling with birth injury cases that may lead to babies born with Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy and other injuries caused by neglect and medical malpractice throughout the child’s prenatal development and birth.

Chemical Used in The Semiconductor Industry

The manufacture of computer chips and semiconductors often involves the use of toxic chemicals that are known to cause severe birth defects. Such chemicals include:

  • Industrial solvents;
  • Alcohols;
  • Photoresist;
  • Celosolve acetate;
  • Butyle acetate;
  • Xylene;
  • Ethylene glycol ethers;
  • Perchlorethylene;
  • Mercury;
  • Arsine;
  • Hydrofluoric acid;
  • Hydrogen chloride;
  • Phosphine;
  • Diboron;
  • Trichlorsilane;
  • Dichlorsilane;
  • Silane;
  • Germanium;
  • Liquid nitrogen;
  • Acetone;
  • Ammonium hydroxide;
  • Hydrogen peroxide;
  • Polypropylene glycol;
  • Chlorinated compounds;
  • Arsenic compounds;
  • Volatile organic solvents;
  • Epoxy resin-based glues;
  • And many more.

All of these substances can cause birth defects and cancer.

Contact with these hazardous substances can occur in various locations in the workplace, including “clean rooms”. Exposure by either a mother or father may cause adverse reproductive outcomes, such as miscarriages or the inability to conceive. Parents exposed to these chemicals often pass the damage done by these toxic chemicals onto their children in the form of severe births defects, even if the parent has no symptoms from the exposure.

The types of birth defects that have been linked to exposure to these harmful substances include:

  • Brain Damage
  • Cranial defects;
  • Facial abnormalities;
  • Retinoblastoma;
  • Missing or malformed limbs;
  • Missing or malformed organs;
  • Cancer;
  • Microcephaly;
  • Spina bifida;
  • Heart defects;
  • And many others.

The attorneys of Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP are experts in cases involving toxic chemicals in the workplace. We push hard for our injured clients at every stage of the process. In addition, we work to promote prevention of birth defects by holding facilities accountable so the same mistakes will be avoided in the future. We also embrace those in industry who create safeguards to protect the health of workers and their families.

If your child has a birth defect that you believe was caused by parental exposure to chemicals in the workplace, you should seek legal advice of experienced attorneys to determine if you have a case. You or your child one may be entitled to financial compensation. The attorneys at Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP specialize in protecting the rights of victims of exposures to toxic chemicals, with over 30 years of experience in the field.

For a free consultation with the birth defect lawyers at Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP, please call our 24/7 hotline at (855) 220-6770 or contact us here.

Toxic Heavy Metals in Coal Ash and Fly Ash

Coal ash and fly ash are byproducts created when electricity is produced by burning finely ground coal. Both coal ash and fly ash contain high levels of toxic-heavy metals such as arsenic, beryllium, chromium, mercury and lead. All of these substances can cause birth defects and cancer.

When coal ash is dumped into the earth, the toxins leach into and contaminate both soil and groundwater.

Fly ash particles are small and light enough to be airborne. They are toxic even when inhaled.

Women exposed to coal and fly ash during pregnancy often pass the damage done by these heavy metals onto their children in the form of severe births defects.

To give a few examples, cranial defects, facial abnormalities, and organ malformation have been linked to coal and fly ash exposure.

The attorneys of Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP are experts in defending cases involving toxic heavy metals in coal ash and fly ash.

Exposure to Agricultural Pesticides

The pesticides used in the farming industry contain many toxic chemicals.

Both parents and their unborn children can be exposed to these toxic pesticides through agricultural work, airborne drift, and groundwater contamination.

Once inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin, these chemicals pose an appalling reproductive hazard.

Parents with damaged chromosomes pass this harm along to their child in the form of birth defects. The same will occur to children exposed in utero. Pesticides can also directly damage a child’s chromosomes and genes.

Pesticides can also lead to developmental disorders and complications, including: brain damage, cancers, endocrine disruption, and even premature death.

Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP lawyers are highly skilled in handling these types of cases and have been committed and dedicated to representing birth defect and birth injury victims for more than 25 years. We have the resources and expertise to stand up to powerful industries that have caused pregnant women and their unborn children to be exposed to teratogens and other toxic chemicals.

Contact us today at (855) 220-6770 to set up a free consultation.