PARKER WAICHMAN LLP – PIPERONYL BUTOXIDE (PBO) BIRTH DEFECT LAWSUIT LAWYERS
Are You Entitled to Compensation for a Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO) Birth Defect Injury?
A recent article indicates that piperonyl butoxide (PBO), a chemical found in household insecticides, may cause an unborn baby to develop birth defects. According to the article, a mouse study revealed that pregnant mice exposed to PBO delivered offspring that had deformed brains, also known as holoprosencephaly (HPE). The scientists who conducted the study stated that they could not determine whether PBO has the same effect on humans and recommended that further studies are necessary.
Parker Waichman LLP is a national law firm that represents clients who have been injured and killed by dangerous and defective products. Product liability lawsuits can be complicated and often involve a significant amount of scientific matters. If you believe you may have a potential PBO birth defect lawsuit, speaking with Parker Waichman LLP will help you explore whether you have any legal recourse.
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What is Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO)?
Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO) is a chemical commonly found in household products, including, among others, insecticides for house plants, mosquito repellants, and head lice shampoo products. There are only a few studies evaluating PBO, but the chemical is generally considered safe as it is unlikely absorbed by the body. While this is the current position of many agencies, the recent mouse study demonstrates a need for further testing to determine the potential health effects on humans.
Mouse Study Links PBO Exposure to Birth Defects
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison found that PBO “interferes with the so-called sonic hedgehog pathway.” This pathway is considered critical for early development, and any disruption in signals may lead to severe developmental brain, lung, and skeletal abnormalities. In the mouse study, female mice that were given a dose of PBO had offspring that had stunted brain development and distinct facial abnormalities. The study, which was led by a professor of comparative biosciences, was published in the journal of Environmental Health Perspectives. According to the professor and researcher, “[w]e don’t know if PBO is contributing to birth defects in the human population,” but the mouse study “suggests that more rigorous examination of PBO’s potential human health effects is warranted.”
Holoprosencephaly (HPE) – A Serious Birth Defect
Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is a birth defect that occurs in approximately one of 10,000 newborns. However, HPE may affect as many as one in 250 embryos that do not make it to term. HPE is caused by the failure of the embryonic forebrain to properly divide into double lobes of the cerebral hemispheres, leading to a single lobed brain structure. The defect subsequently results in severe skull and facial defects. In most cases, the defects are so severe that the unborn fetuses die before birth. In less severe cases, babies are born with near-normal brain development, but with some facial deformities.
Animal studies help scientists, researchers, and medical professionals determine how a product may affect humans. While mice are not humans, they often shed light on any dangers associated with certain products. In some cases, mice may experience conditions that may not affect humans, but in many cases, humans experience the same conditions or side effects seen in mice for a product. As such, it is unclear to what extent exposure to PBO can cause HPE in humans.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About PBO Birth Defect Lawsuits and Settlements
How Long Do I Have to File a PBO Birth Defect Lawsuit?
All states have laws, called “statutes of limitation,” that determine the amount of time a person has to bring a lawsuit. In the case of PBO Birth Defect Lawsuits, the potential plaintiff would be a parent or guardian on behalf of a child if the lawsuit is filed while the child is still a minor (under the age of eighteen). Most states allow minors to bring lawsuits within a specific timeframe after turning eighteen.
However, some states may require minors to file lawsuits before their eighteenth birthday. Because all states have different laws, it is essential to discuss the statute of limitations that applies to your potential PBO birth defect claim. Additionally, if the injured individual is deceased, the time to file a lawsuit may be even shorter.
What Are My Chances of Recovering Compensation?
Your chances of recovering compensation for yourself or your loved one, such as your child, are dependent on numerous circumstances which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Evidence that you were exposed to PBO found in a consumer product;
- Documentation that your child has been diagnosed with HPE or that your child has unfortunately died from HPE (either before, during, or after birth);
- Evidence of the monetary losses associated with HPE, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and any other expenditures that are linked to the management and treatment of HPE; and
- Expert testimony that supports a link between PBO and HPE.
Parker Waichman LLP is currently investigating potential PBO Birth Defect Lawsuits and will discuss all aspects of your potential case and what is needed to move forward.
Is There a Limit on the Compensation I May Receive from a PBO Birth Defect Claim?
Some states limit the amount of pain and suffering damages a plaintiff receives as part of a lawsuit. For example, if a jury determines a plaintiff is entitled to $500,000 in pain and suffering damages for an auto accident injury, and the state in which the plaintiff lives has a limit/cap of $250,000 on pain and suffering damages, the jury award may be lowered to the $250,000 limit. However, not all states have such laws, and when cases result in a settlement, the parties can always agree to an amount that is more than a state’s limit. A limitation or cap on damages is a good topic to discuss with your lawyer at Parker Waichman LLP.
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To find out whether you may have a potential PBO Birth Defect Claim, it is imperative to act quickly to speak with a qualified PBO Birth Defect Lawsuit Lawyer. Time is always of the essence when considering legal action.
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