We represent families exposed to toxic substances.

Toxic substances and chemicals have been proven to cause birth defects, developmental delays and cancers in the children of workers exposed on the job. Industries and companies working with toxic substances have a responsibility to protect their workers from harm. We are a leader in birth injury litigation and we have the in-depth experience and steadfast commitment to see every claim through until justice is done. Find out why Waters Kraus & Paul is the right firm for you.

Birth and Childhood Injury

We represent families exposed to toxic substances.

Our birth injury litigation practice focuses on birth defects, developmental delays (including autism), and childhood cancers resulting from toxic chemical exposures in the environment and from dangerous medications. At Waters Kraus & Paul, our attorneys work with highly qualified scientific and medical professionals to determine if a child’s injury is related to a parent’s exposure to harmful chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Our goal is to shed light on the potential hazards caused by improper handling and labeling of toxic chemicals and drugs, re- cover damages for those who have been harmed, and affect change by improving industry standards and procedures.

Even drugs that people believe to be safe can cause severe injury or death. When manufacturers do not fully disclose potentially serious side effects, the public is at risk. Several medications traditionally thought to be safe for expecting mothers and their unborn babies have been found to cause birth defects. For example, recent studies link autism to a mother’s prenatal use of certain anti-depressant medications, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Toxic chemicals used in many industries, including high tech and electronics manufacturing, are teratogenic — they can  cause birth defects and injuries to children whose parents are exposed to these dangerous chemicals. Such chemicals are often used in clean-room environments to make semiconductor parts. These chemicals include, but are not limited to, etching materials, solvents, cleaning fluids, and ethylene glycol ethers (EGE).

These, along with other toxic substances, can cause reproductive harm to both men and women, disrupting the parents’ abilities to reproduce or causing them to pass damaged and defective DNA onto their children. Birth defects linked to exposures in high tech industries include:

  • Skeletal and limb abnormalities
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Blindness
  • Developmental Delays
  • Missing or deformed organs
  • Shortened or missing limbs
  • Heart defects
  • Premature death

Pesticides contain many toxic chemicals that can cause birth defects in children whose parents were exposed through agricultural work, groundwater contamination, or airborne drift. Parents who work in the fields for the farming industry — or simply live near an agricultural area — are at high risk of exposure to pesticides used on the fields. Pesticides may damage the parents’ chromosomes and lead to birth defects among children who are conceived during or just after exposure. Birth defects and complications linked to pesticides include:

  • Brain cancers
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Neurological disorders
  • Lower birth weight and size
  • Premature death

Coal ash and fly ash are the waste products left behind after coal is burned to produce electricity. This waste typically has high concentrations of heavy metals including, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, lead, and mercury, which cause birth defects. When coal ash is dumped onto the ground or into water, these heavy metals can leach into the soil and groundwater. This is of particular concern for communities located near coal ash and fly ash dumps and who draw their drinking water from wells. Likewise, the tiny particles of fly ash create an airborne toxic dust that is easily inhaled. When a pregnant woman is exposed to soil, groundwater, or air contaminated by coal ash or fly ash, the heavy metal toxins can harm her developing baby and cause birth defects so severe that the baby is stillborn or survives for only a short time after birth. Some of the birth defects that have been linked to coal and fly ash exposure include:

  • Cranial defects
  • Missing or shortened limbs
  • Organ malformation
  • Facial abnormalities

Birth defects linked to semiconductor solvents

  • Skeletal and limb normalities
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Blindness
  • Mental retardation
  • Missing or deformed organs
  • Shortened or missing limbs
  • Premature death

WHO’s 10 Chemicals of Major Public Health Concern

1.  Air pollution
2.  Arsenic
3.  Asbestos
4.  Benzene
5.  Cadmium
6.  Dioxins & dioxin-like substances
7.  Fluoride
8.  Lead
9.  Mercury
10. Pesticides

Birth defects linked to pesticides

  • Brain cancers
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Neurological disorders
  • Lower birth weight and size
  • Premature death

Birth defects caused by coal and fly ash

  • Cranial defects
  • Missing or shortened limbs
  • Organ malformation
  • Facial abnormalities

Need for Coal Ash Regulation

December 7, 2015 Coal ash — the byproduct of coal-fueled power plants — contains several toxins known to cause birth defects and cancer. These toxins include heavy metals such as lead and hexavalent chromium. And yet, coal ash impoundments are subject to little…

Whistleblower Claims Lead to $30M Settlement for CDI

August 19, 2016 Whistleblower lawsuit claiming drug marketing fraud results in $30 million settlement agreement – a first of its kind – between Bristol-Myers Squibb and the California Department of Insurance. LOS ANGELES — The California Department of Insurance (CDI) has announced that…
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Waters Kraus & Paul Partner Wins Leonard Ring Award

July 25, 2016 American Association for Justice Honors Gary Paul with One of its Highest Awards for Distinguished Service LOS ANGELES – July 25, 2016 – Waters Kraus & Paul partner Gary M. Paul has been awarded the prestigious Leonard Ring Champion of Justice Award by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and presented by AAJ President Larry Tawwater. The award bestows recognition to Mr. Paul’s tireless commitment to the civil justice system during a legal career spanning more than four decades. Mr. Paul received the award on July 24, 2016 at the organization’s annual conference in Los Angeles, California. Leonard Ring was…
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