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January is Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month

Understanding the Key Causes of Birth Defects

Birth defects are not a relic of the past. Defects, both mental and physical affect nearly 3 percent of all live births, according to the federal government. Some of the largest causes of such defects are unwitting exposure to chemicals and drugs by the mother, causing severe injury to the baby to be.

Of course, there are other causes for birth defects as well. Many physicians and pediatricians agree that some of the key causes of such defects include:

  • Genetic factors. This includes potential recessive genes from one or both parents.
  • External conditions. This can include a number of factors, including exposure to chemicals or adverse stress. Altogether, this is one of the largest factors. In some cases, smoking and drinking by the mother cause the defects.
  • Mother’s age. The risk of severe birth defects increases dramatically for mothers over the age of 40.
  • Issues at birth. This could include the very last stages of pregnancy or even in the process of childbirth itself. Errors made by physicians or severe physical strain during birth could cause issues for children just entering into life. This sometimes includes the use of medical implements harming the baby– often including limbs, or drugs.
  • Early delivery. In some cases, babies born too early may not be fully developed. This may happen due to issues with the fetus itself. In other cases, this is done due to a risk to the mother’s help. Furthermore, this often happens unexpectedly. In these cases, the risk of defects is much higher, as well as the risk of premature death.
  • Understanding the Legal Ramifications

    That is why activists declared January as the national Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month. If you are a parent whose infant was affected by exposure by chemicals or drugs, you have legal options. No baby deserves injury due to no fault of its own. The experts at the Ehline Personal Injury Law Firm APLC is here to help with our free consultation. Read more about the subject elsewhere on our site.

    January is Radon Action Month

    Understanding the Risks of Radon Poisoning

    Although it has only been better understood over the last 30 years, many older houses have the risk of carrying carcinogenic radon. This type of poisoning often occurs in unventilated basements without proper maintenance.

    Radon poisoning depends on a number of factors, including exposure over a long period. Such poisoning causes headaches and an elevated risk of cancer. Such a risk of cancer may even cause death under certain conditions.

    That is why activists declared January National Radon Action Month. This is especially important for renters. Often homeowners solve the issue of radon upon buying a house– some banks won’t lend if they know the house has radon in it. However, in apartments, the landlord may not think to check. In other cases, the landlord simply doesn’t care. In either case, this presents a potential danger for both residential and commercial renters.

    If you believe that your landlord has not been honest with you or has not checked the radon level in your house or apartment, you need legal advice. It is against the law and most local codes to allow for the radon levels to rise to the point that is dangerous to humans. Furthermore, doing so knowingly also opens up a landlord to civil cases for negligence. All of this is of course secondary to your health.

    Your Legal Rights Dealing with Radon

    Furthermore, if you or a loved one fears the effects of radon, contact a skilled attorney immediately. In southern California, the best premises liability attorneys are those at the Ehline Personal Injury Law Firm APLC. Our Los Angeles based firm has offices across the state and have helped hundreds of renters
    and residents get their sense of autonomy back. Our consultation is free and we work on contingency. We don’t ask for a penny unless we recover for you and your loved ones.


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