Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are also known as “forever chemicals” because they do not readily break down in the environment or in living things, exposing animals and humans to the dangerous effects of these chemicals. PFAS chemicals are most commonly produced during the manufacturing activities of large companies and can affect entire communities for indefinite amounts of time.
The EPA has concluded that PFAS are very toxic to humans, especially because they do not break down easily and can accumulate in the water supply, livestock and the human body. Over time, this accumulation can cause thyroid disruption, cancer, immune system effects and low birth weight in infants. While the EPA has implemented a PFAS Action Plan to help communities eliminate PFAS and protect public health, large companies have been using PFAS since the 1940s in a number of common products, including non-stick cookware, clothing, carpets and firefighting foams.
The manufacturing and improper disposal of PFAS by large companies, such as 3M, Daikin and DuPont has led to significant contamination of the water supply and soil in the communities where their manufacturing facilities are located, and those affected by PFAS exposure are bringing lawsuits against these entities. James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. is currently investigating cases for PFAS, including perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). If you are or a loved one suffered health effects after exposure to PFAS, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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