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Posted on November 03rd, 2019
A massive multidistrict litigation (MDL), combining more than 100 lawsuits over per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), PFOS, and PFOA - cancer-linked chemicals found in firefighting foam - was created earlier this year. The lawsuits have been transferred to the District of South Carolina, under the guidance of Judge Richard M. Gergel.
These legal actions allege that aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) - used to put out emergency fires - contaminated the soil near certain airports and other industrial locations, putting human health at risk.
Manufacturers named as defendants are:
and several federal entities that are being blamed for producing the substances or foams, or calling for their use.
Our thoughts go out to those seriously affected by exposure to PFAS chemicals. Our seasoned attorneys know how to handle such delicate cases. If you believe that your medical condition was caused by exposure to AFFF and PFAS, call us for a free consultation.
So far, lawsuits have focused on certain limited areas, but evidence suggests that most communities train firefighters with potentially toxic foams in local areas that could lead to soil contamination, and the problem may be more widespread than previously believed.
There is evidence from human and animal studies that even at extremely low, barely detectable levels PFAS could have significant effects on the body's development while increasing the risks of cancer and other diseases.
If you believe that you have been exposed to PFAS, see your occupational healthcare provider. Your doctor might also be able to offer an opinion as to whether any conditions could be related to exposure to these "forever" chemicals. Keep any documentation such as medical reports, safe and accessible in case you might later decide to file a claim or join in a PFAS class-action lawsuit.
Time and time again, giant companies are aware of the health and safety risks of hazardous chemicals but don't disclose that information to the public. The toxic tort actions filed against PFAS manufacturers include the following allegations:
These lawsuits have been joined together because they share factual questions on: