Agent Orange Birth Defects
Agent Orange was a name given to a toxic herbicide and defoliant used to control broad-leaf plants. Between 1961 and 1971, the U.S. military used Agent Orange extensively during the Vietnam War to eliminate jungle foliage. War veterans and civilians who were exposed to high levels of a dioxin found in Agent Orange developed a number of Agent Orange diseases and illnesses including adverse reproductive effects. The dioxin, TCDD (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenze-para-dioxin) is classified as a cancer-causing agent and can cause birth defects in children of Vietnam Veterans.
Studies indicate that children born to soldiers exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War are at a greater risk of developing serious Agent Orange birth defects including:
- Spina bifida - a malformation of the spine, which could lead to mental retardation, muscle paralysis, and loss of bowel and bladder control.
- Anencephaly - serious brain birth defect in which the brain or skull has not fully developed. Babies born with anencephaly usually die within the first few hours after birth.
- Developmental delays
- Low birth weight
- Premature births
- Spontaneous abortion
What Are My Legal Rights?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs currently provides compensation to Vietnam War veterans and their children who have suffered Agent Orange birth defects and other serious illnesses. If you were exposed to high levels of Agent Orange and your child is suffering from Agent Orange birth defects, you may be eligible to file an Agent Orange claim to seek recovery for your losses including pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more.
Please contact us today to learn more about Agent Orange birth defects, the different types of birth defects, or to speak with a qualified and experienced birth defect attorney who can protect your legal rights and maximize your interests.
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