What are PFAS?
Perfluoroalky and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a family of thousands of synthetic chemicals that are extremely persistent in the environment and in our bodies, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). PFAS are referred to as “forever chemicals” since they never break down and only accumulate over time. These chemicals have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the U.S. since the 1940s.
Where are PFAS Found?
PFAS can be found in:
- Food packaged in PFAS-containing materials, processed with equipment that used PFAS, or grown in PFAS-contaminated soil or water.
- Commercial household products, including stain- and water-repellent fabrics, nonstick products (e.g., Teflon), polishes, waxes, paints, cleaning products, and fire-fighting foams.
- Workplace, including production facilities or industries (e.g., chrome plating, electronics manufacturing or oil recovery) that use PFAS.
- Drinking water, e.g. landfills, wastewater treatment plants, firefighter training facilities.
- Living organisms, including fish, animals and humans.
What’s the Problem?
Communities where PFAS are found have suffered significant damages to property, natural resources and potential adverse health effects as a result of negligent disposal practices.
PFAS Health Effects
The accumulation of PFAS in ground and drinking water, animals and people can have significant and substantial adverse consequences including:
- Liver damage
- Thyroid disease
- Decreased fertility
- High cholesterol
- Hormone suppression
- And more
Multiple studies by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the U.S. EPA have concluded that PFAS are highly toxic and hazardous to the environment and human health. PFAS chemicals have the ability to travel long distances, which increases the likelihood that communities around PFAS manufacturing, or facilities using PFAS containing chemicals, are likely to be adversely impacted by their presence.
- The State of Minnesota filed a lawsuit against 3M in 2010 alleging that the company’s production of PFAS chemicals damaged drinking water and natural resources in the Twin Cities metro region. The claim was settled in Feb. 2018 for $850 million.
- At least 3,550 plaintiffs from West Virginia filed a suit against DuPont and the Chemours Company alleging that 210 occurrences of kidney cancer, 70 occurrences of testicular cancer, and 1,430 occurrences of thyroid disease were linked to PFAS contamination. The parties reached a $921 million settlement.
- Daikin America Inc., and 3M were sued over PFAS chemicals the companies used at their production plants in Decatur, Alabama. The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority settled with Daikin for $4 million.
- Three class action suits were filed by residents who consumed PFAS contaminated water from the Cape Fear River and wells near the Fayetteville Works Facility in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Do I Have a PFAS Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in PFAS Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one was injured by PFAS contamination, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.