The use of PFAS in the production of products like firefighting foam, cooking oil, and non-stick cookware has been a major source of controversy for several years. While only a handful of states consider lawsuits against manufacturers about personal water contamination to be viable, most states do offer their residents the chance to file lawsuits over PFAS exposure via drinking water. So what are your rights as someone who believes that their drinking water contains PFAS and wants to file a lawsuit?
What is the PFAS Lawsuit?
You can file a PFAS water contamination lawsuit if you find PFAS in your drinking water. People and families impacted by contaminated drinking water are able to seek compensation for their medical costs, pain, and suffering as a result of exposure to PFAS in the water through PFAS cancer lawsuits and water contamination claims.
In the past, PFAS were used in many products, but now there is evidence that these chemicals can damage human health. If you have PFAS in your water, you may be able to file a lawsuit for compensation. The EPA has set a safe level for these chemicals, but it’s still possible to find them in groundwater and soil. If this is the case, you may be entitled to damages.
A Brief History of PFAS
As the world begins to learn more about PFAS, it is clear that these chemicals have a long and concerning history. In this blog section, we will explore some of the key dates and events related to PFAS and their regulation.
PFAS are not new chemicals- they have been in use for decades. However, their widespread use and release into the environment has only recently come to light.
When Can You File a Water Contamination and PFAS Lawsuit?
Symptoms of PFAS in drinking water
Water contamination and PFAS law suits often have similar symptoms. If you or a loved one has experienced any of the following, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against your water company: digestive problems, cancer, infertility, birth defects, nerve damage, and more.
PFAS law suits frequently include claims of water contamination resulting from exposure to the chemicals in the air or water. In order to support these claims, Plaintiffs often provide evidence. There are higher rates of certain health problems in areas with greater concentrations of PFAS chemicals.
Water companies are required by law to report any dangerous levels of PFAS chemicals to state regulators. However, many residents remain concerned about their drinking water and have little faith that their water company is taking the necessary precautions to protect them.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with one or more of the listed symptoms after being exposed to PFAS in drinking water, consider consulting with an attorney who can help you file a lawsuit.
Who Can Fulfill a Water Contamination and PFAS Lawsuit?
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report indicating that at least 33 people have died from residential water contamination linked to PFAS chemicals since 2018. The report is raising urgency among residents and the general public to take action to protect themselves and their loved ones from future water contamination incidents.
To fulfill a water contamination and PFAS lawsuit, you must meet certain requirements. The requirements vary depending on whether you are the individual harmed by the water contamination or a member of your family who was living with you at the time of the exposure.:
Individuals Harmed By PFAS Water Contamination: You must prove that you were harmed by exposure to PFAS chemicals in the water. This can include showing that you developed health problems as a result of the exposure, or that you had to spend extra money on healthcare bills because of it.
Family Members Living With You When Exposure Occurred: You must also show that you were living with someone who was harmed by PFAS exposure in the water. This means that you must have been close enough to be affected by it and have knowledge of the toxin.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to when you can file a water contamination and PFAS lawsuit. Every situation is different, and the timeline for filing will depend on your specific facts and circumstances. If you or someone you know has been impacted by exposure to these contaminants, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to get started on your legal case.