According to a forever chemicals lawyer at the Wieand Law Firm, recent announcements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about carcinogenic chemicals found in drinking water demonstrate a great cause for concern. These chemicals, in addition to others in the same chemical family, are frequently referred to as forever chemicals because they do not break down in the environment and can build up in the blood stream of humans. The forever chemicals lawyers at our firm will fight to get compensation for people who have been injured by toxic chemicals in the environment.
What are PFAS?
PFAS is an abbreviation for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. These are synthetic chemicals that have been used since the 1940s in a variety of industries. Some of their many uses include firefighting foams, coatings for clothes and furniture’s, and food contact surfaces. Two of the most widely used and studied PFAS include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). Other chemicals such as GenX chemicals are also included in the category of PFAS.
In their 2021 PFAS Strategic Roadmap, the EPA calls PFAS “an urgent public health and environmental issue facing communities across the United States. They urge that a growing body of scientific evidence points to adverse health impacts for human health.
Where are Forever Chemicals Found?
Forever chemicals such PFOA and PFOS are frequently found in common household products such as:
- Food packaging products
- Personal care products
- Drinking water
Exposure to PFAS can occur by drinking water contaminated with these chemicals, breathing contaminated air, eating food such as fish or venison that has consumed PFAs, or handling food products packaged with forever chemicals. In March 2021. The EPA announced that it would regulate PFOA and PFOS in drinking water, but regulations are still pending at this time.
Exposure to forever chemicals is associated with serious health effects. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports that animal studies have show health problems with the liver, kidneys, immune system, and cancer following oral exposure to these toxic chemicals. A forever chemicals lawyer from our firm may be able to help people harmed by exposures to these toxins.
What Legal Action Has Been Taken to Address Forever Chemicals?
Major companies such as DuPont, Chemours, and Corteva have already separately agreed to settle litigation brought against them in multidistrict litigation. This cost-sharing arrangement of $4 billion includes over a $1 billion to cover potential future legacy PFAS liabilities.
Multiple additional states are pursuing litigation against companies responsible for PFAS contamination. If you believe you have been harmed by forever chemicals, you should reach out to the forever chemical lawyers at our firm to discuss your potential case.
How Can a Forever Chemicals Lawyer Help?
Contact a forever chemicals lawyer at the Wieand Law Firm for a free case review and consultation. They can help you determine if you are able to file a PFAS lawsuit for medical conditions that are the result of toxic chemical exposure. If you or a loved one is suffering from adverse health effects caused by PFAS exposure, you may be able to file a PFAS class action lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries.
Multiple parties may be liable for your PFAS exposure, and these types of lawsuits are frequently both lengthy and complex. Speaking with a forever chemicals lawyer can help you understand your legal options and decide whether to pursue a claim. Contact the forever chemicals lawyers at the Wieand Law Firm today by calling 215-666-7777 or send us a message via the online form to speak directly with an attorney.