PFAS is a group of man-made chemicals that were used in thousands of products including firefighting foam, non-stick cookware, food packaging, and even clothing. When PFAS leached into drinking water supplies, the health risks became apparent. Now it’s time for those with PFAS exposure to file a lawsuit against the companies who made these products.
What is PFAS?
PFAS stands for perfluorohexanoic acid. PFAS is a fluorine-based chemical that companies use in making non-stick cookware and stain-resistant fabrics. Unfortunately, the chemicals can seep into our drinking water supply when they leak from toxic waste sites. PFAS contamination of drinking water causes an elevated risk for testicular cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, and pancreatic cancer. There are now about 1.6 million people who live near these sites who have been exposed to high levels of PFAS chemicals and are at risk for developing cancer.
How does PFAS impact our health and the environment?
PFAS is a group of chemicals that are used in many everyday products. These include food packaging, stain-resistant clothing, water-repellent coatings, and firefighting foam. The list goes on and on. They were developed because they were considered to be safer alternatives to more toxic materials. However, recent studies have shown that these chemicals can impact the environment as well as human health. In response to this information, governments around the world are requiring companies to test products for PFAS levels before they are sold or used in manufacturing new products.
What are possible legal claims for contaminated drinking water?
There is a new class of chemicals that has been found in drinking water throughout the United States. These chemicals are called perfluoroalkyls, or PFAS. They are used in a variety of products, including some food items and textiles, and they’re also present in some firefighting foam used by the military. The primary chemical in this group is perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA. It has been linked to cancer, kidney damage, and thyroid disease.
Why are these lawsuits important?
Polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals that have been found in the world’s drinking water, food supply, and soil. A recent study published in The Lancet Oncology showed that PFAS exposure is linked to an increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and some cancers. Now, thousands of people across the country are filing lawsuits against companies that used PFAS products in their products.
PFAS chemicals have been all around the globe, especially in military facilities and domestic homes. PFAS is a chemical that has been linked to causing harm to human health through the increased likelihood of toxins and cancer. In Germany, the government has already set a limit for PFAS exposure at 1.4 nanograms per liter, but this number is constantly changing. Some people have gone as far as suing companies such as 3M because they are allegedly responsible for releasing harmful chemicals into the environment. Still, it is difficult to determine whether PFAS is safe or not because there are many conflicting studies about its impact on human health.