WILMINGTON, Del. (CN) - Seven children were born with birth defects because their parents were exposed to "hazardous chemicals and substances" while working at Texas Instruments semiconductor plants, the parents claim in New Castle County Court. The birth defects include partial blindness, undescended testicles and developmental delay, scoliosis and malformed vertebrae and Graves disease, a thyroid disorder.
The say they were exposed to the chemicals while working with machines, chemicals and wafers at Texas Instruments' facilities in Santa Cruz, Calif., and Dallas, Texas. They say the exposure came while they worked "near the assembly line" that was "utilized in the process of manufacturing semiconductor devices."
The chemicals include ethylene glycol ethers, many propylene-based solvents, fluorine compounds, arsenic compounds and radio frequency radiation.
The parents claim the mothers and their unborn children were "exposed at the time of their conception and gestation during ... employment at Texas Instruments."
The parents say that at Texas Instruments facilities, "no generalized ventilation system was configured specifically to protect workers from inhalation or skin exposure to liquids, vapors, gases and fumes from the chemicals."
They say the company failed to warn them of the risks of inhaling these substances, represented to them that "the chemicals and substances were safe," and "failed to utilize proper measures" to protect their workers.
The parents seek compensatory and punitive damages for negligence, liability, and wanton misconduct. Their lead counsel is Ian Bifferato of Wilmington.
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