Act now to protect your rights in a PFAS contamination claim
As a property or homeowner, you may have been exposed to toxic PFAS chemicals through no fault of your own. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS, are man-made chemicals that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water. For decades, PFAS were used to make products more durable and long-lasting, including nonstick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics, and firefighting foam. However, PFAS exposure can lead to serious health issues like cancer, thyroid disease, and other medical conditions. If your property has been contaminated by PFAS released from a local manufacturer, landfill, or military base, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced team of PFAS lawsuit attorneys can evaluate your potential claim at no cost and help you pursue justice against the parties responsible for this preventable public health crisis. You don’t have to go through this alone.
What Are PFAS Chemicals and How Were You Exposed?
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products since the 1950s. PFAS chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body, meaning they do not break down easily. Due to their widespread use and persistence, most people have been exposed to PFAS.
PFAS were commonly used to make products resistant to heat, stains, grease, and water, such as nonstick cookware, stain-resistant carpets and fabrics, firefighting foams, and waterproof clothing. However, PFAS have contaminated the environment and polluted water supplies near manufacturing facilities and military bases where PFAS-containing firefighting foams were used.
Ingestion of Contaminated Food and Water
The most common exposure danger for PFAS is through ingestion of contaminated food and water. PFAS have been detected in both public and private water supplies near facilities where they were manufactured or used. They have also been found in agricultural products, fish, and shellfish from contaminated areas. Home-grown produce and livestock can also be contaminated if irrigated or fed with PFAS-polluted water.
Workers who manufactured or used PFAS products have a higher risk of exposure. This includes those employed at chemical plants that produced PFAS chemicals as well as firefighters, and others who used certain PFAS-containing firefighting foams. Occupational exposure poses health risks due to frequent high-level contact with these toxic chemicals.
If you lived near a PFAS facility or military base, worked with PFAS products, or drank water that was contaminated with PFAS, you may have legal rights to compensation. Our law firm has experience handling complex toxic exposure cases and fighting for victims of corporate negligence and pollution. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Health Impacts of PFAS Exposure
Exposure to PFAS chemicals can have serious health impacts, even in small amounts. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because they accumulate in the body and environment, persisting for a long time.
Immune System Effects
PFAS exposure is linked to decreased immune response. Studies show PFAS may reduce antibody production and make children more prone to infections. PFAS also seem to worsen symptoms of asthma and allergies.
PFAS interfere with the body's endocrine system and natural hormones. They are associated with thyroid disease, high cholesterol, obesity, and other disorders. PFAS exposure in pregnant women can disrupt hormone levels and impact fetal development.
PFAS are considered carcinogenic to humans by many health agencies. The most well-studied PFAS, PFOA and PFOS, are linked to kidney cancer and testicular cancer. Other types of PFAS are also suspected carcinogens and require further research.
Exposure to PFAS during pregnancy or infancy may lead to long-term health issues. Studies have found associations between PFAS and lower birth weight, liver damage, decreased fertility, and neurobehavioral problems in children like ADHD or reduced cognitive abilities.
If you believe you have been exposed to high levels of PFAS through contaminated water or other means, you may be entitled to compensation. Our firm has experience handling PFAS contamination cases and helping clients obtain settlements from companies that negligently polluted the environment. Please contact us for a free case review.
Ongoing PFAS Regulatory and Litigation Developments
Ongoing regulatory and legal actions are addressing the threats posed by PFAS chemicals. Several states have set enforceable limits for certain PFAS in drinking water, groundwater and surface waters. Some of the most prominent regulatory and litigation developments include:
The EPA has established a lifetime health advisory (LHA) of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in drinking water. However, these LHAs are not enforceable limits. Some states like New Jersey, New Hampshire and Vermont have set stricter, enforceable limits for PFAS in drinking water. Additional states are considering setting their own limits.
There are currently thousands of PFAS-related lawsuits pending in federal and state courts across the U.S. The plaintiffs in these cases allege that PFAS manufacturers, suppliers, and users are responsible for PFAS releases that have contaminated the environment and exposed individuals to these harmful chemicals. If you have been exposed to high levels of PFAS and suffered health issues as a result, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the parties responsible for the contamination. Our firm has extensive experience representing clients in complex environmental and toxic exposure cases. We are currently investigating potential PFAS claims and lawsuits on behalf of individuals, public water providers, business owners, and property owners who have incurred damages from PFAS exposure or contamination.
Health Studies on PFAS Exposure
A growing body of scientific research has linked exposure to certain PFAS chemicals like PFOA and PFOS to health issues such as:
- High cholesterol
- Thyroid disease
- Kidney and testicular cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension
The evidence from these health studies is influencing regulators and courts in taking further action against PFAS polluters to curb contamination, set enforceable limits, and obtain compensation for those who have suffered health consequences from exposure.
Our firm is actively monitoring new scientific research studies, regulatory actions and litigation developments related to PFAS. We have the experience and resources to effectively advocate for clients affected by PFAS contamination and pursue all legal means for appropriate remedy and compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation on your potential PFAS claim.
What Is a PFAS Class Action Lawsuit?
A PFAS class action lawsuit allows multiple people affected by PFAS contamination to join together to file a lawsuit against the companies responsible. You may have a right to file your own lawsuit for your PFAS contamination damages. Rather than each person filing an individual lawsuit, class members work together to build a stronger case.
What Are the Benefits of a Class Action?
There are several benefits to participating in a PFAS class action lawsuit:
- Shared legal costs. The financial burden is spread among all class members, making legal representation more accessible.
- Increased likelihood of success. By pooling resources and evidence, class members have a better chance of holding polluters accountable in court.
- Potential for higher settlements. Companies may be willing to offer higher settlement amounts to resolve a class action versus many individual lawsuits.
- A single trial. Rather than many separate trials, a class action results in one trial to determine the outcome for all class members. This streamlines the legal process.
How Do I Join a PFAS Class Action Lawsuit?
To become part of an existing PFAS class action, you will need to meet the class definition and opt in to the lawsuit. The class definition establishes who qualifies as a member of the class. It may be based on factors like:
- Location of property affected by contamination
- Period of exposure to polluted water
- Specific health issues linked to PFAS exposure
To join, you typically need to provide information verifying you meet the class definition. You may be required to submit details on property ownership, medical records, or other relevant evidence. By opting in, you agree to be represented by the attorneys handling the case and bound by any settlement or judgment.
If no class action lawsuit currently exists relating to your specific situation, you may be able to file a new class action. However, filing a class action is complex, and you would need to work with experienced attorneys to determine if it is the appropriate course of action based on the details of your case.
Why File a PFAS Class Action Lawsuit?
There are several reasons why filing a PFAS class action lawsuit may benefit you and others affected by PFAS contamination:
Strength in Numbers
Class action lawsuits allow large groups of people affected by the same issue, in this case PFAS contamination, to band together in a single legal action. By combining resources and claims, plaintiffs gain more leverage and a stronger case against large corporate defendants. The financial and legal resources of many individuals are pooled, allowing access to expert witnesses and research that may be difficult for individuals to obtain on their own.
Shared Legal Fees
In a class action lawsuit, legal fees are shared among all plaintiffs. This makes legal representation affordable and available to more people. Individuals do not have to pay legal fees upfront and only pay if there is a successful outcome or settlement.
Potential for Higher Settlements
With more plaintiffs and resources combined in one lawsuit, defendants are more likely to offer a higher total settlement. Settlement amounts are also divided among all plaintiffs, so individuals may receive more than if they filed alone. Settlements in class action cases also often include funds for medical monitoring and healthcare for affected communities.
Class action lawsuits put significant pressure on defendants by exposing their actions to public scrutiny. The negative publicity and potential impact on stock prices often motivates companies to settle class action cases quickly. Fast settlement helps ensure funds and resources get distributed to plaintiffs and affected communities sooner.
Justice and Accountability
Most importantly, class action lawsuits aim to hold companies accountable for negligence and wrongdoing. They are a way for groups of people to stand up against corporate interests that have caused them harm. Settlements and verdicts in these cases set legal precedents to prevent similar issues from happening again in the future.
In summary, filing a class action lawsuit is the most effective way for people affected by PFAS contamination to obtain justice, hold companies responsible, gain medical resources, and prompt policy changes to prevent future public health crises. Our legal team has the experience and resources to build a strong case against PFAS polluters on your behalf.
Who Can Participate in a PFAS Class Action Lawsuit?
To participate in a PFAS class action lawsuit, you must meet certain requirements. Generally, participants must have been exposed to PFAS chemicals released from a specific source, such as contaminated firefighting foam or drinking water. Participants typically need to prove they have suffered injury or economic loss due to PFAS exposure to recover damages.
Our firm is currently investigating potential PFAS class action lawsuits on behalf of individuals and communities across the country. If you or someone you know has been exposed to PFAS chemicals, you may be eligible to participate in current or future litigation. Types of parties that may qualify include:
- Homeowners with contaminated drinking water wells. If PFAS chemicals have been detected in your private well water, you may be able to participate in a lawsuit seeking compensation for property damage and health monitoring costs.
- Former or current firefighters exposed to PFAS-containing firefighting foam. Firefighters who were exposed to PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam during training or emergency response activities may be eligible to join a class action lawsuit.
- Anyone with an increased risk of health issues due to PFAS exposure. Individuals who have been exposed to high levels of PFAS and are at a higher risk of developing health conditions like kidney cancer, testicular cancer or ulcerative colitis may qualify for a class action lawsuit seeking compensation for medical monitoring and health care costs.
- Property owners near contaminated sites. If your property value has declined due to PFAS contamination from an industrial facility, military base or other source, you may be able to join a class action lawsuit to recover losses.
Our team of PFAS litigation attorneys can review your potential claim and determine if you meet the necessary criteria to participate in current or upcoming PFAS class action lawsuits. Please contact us for a free case review to discuss your legal options. We are committed to holding polluters accountable and obtaining justice on behalf of individuals and communities across the country affected by PFAS contamination.
How Much Compensation Can Be Awarded In a PFAS Class Action Settlement?
In a PFAS class action lawsuit, there are several factors that determine how much compensation can be awarded to plaintiffs in a settlement. The primary considerations are:
The severity and scope of contamination. Settlements will likely be higher if the PFAS contamination caused severe health issues or environmental damage over a large area.
The number of plaintiffs. The more people harmed or affected by the PFAS pollution, the larger the potential settlement amount. Class action lawsuits with thousands of plaintiffs have resulted in settlements in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The defendant's culpability and financial resources. If the company responsible for the PFAS contamination acted with gross negligence or intentional misconduct, the settlement is often higher. The company's ability to pay also impacts the settlement amount. Well-funded companies may agree to larger settlements to resolve litigation and limit further legal liability.
Medical monitoring and health care costs. Settlements frequently include funds for medical monitoring of health issues linked to PFAS exposure as well as treatment programs. This can significantly increase the total compensation.
Property value impacts. If PFAS contamination reduced property values in the area, the settlement may allocate funds to compensate homeowners and offset lost home equity.
Punitive damages. In some cases, juries may award punitive damages to punish the defendant for reckless behavior and deter similar actions in the future. While difficult to obtain, punitive damages can greatly increase settlement amounts.
Loss of use and enjoyment. Settlements may provide compensation for loss of recreational activities like fishing, hunting, gardening, and other hobbies due to PFAS pollution.
Litigation costs. The overall cost of the legal proceedings, including attorney fees, expert witnesses, depositions, and more are often considered in settlement negotiations. The more complex and protracted the litigation, the higher these costs will be.
In summary, those affected by PFAS contamination may be entitled to substantial compensation through class action litigation and settlements. The specific amount will depend on the unique details of each case as outlined above. Our firm has the experience and resources to build the strongest case possible and fight for maximum compensation for clients harmed by irresponsible PFAS pollution.
How Our PFAS Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Our experienced PFAS injury lawyers can help you pursue compensation for damages related to PFAS exposure and contamination. We have successfully represented individuals and families in PFAS class action lawsuits and individual injury claims.
Investigation and Case Review
We will conduct a thorough review of your potential claim, including:
- Interviewing you to understand the details of your PFAS exposure and health issues.
- Collecting medical records, test results, and other documentation related to your PFAS exposure and health conditions.
- Researching the companies and locations that used or produced the PFAS chemicals that contaminated your water supply or property.
- Determining the strongest legal claims and arguments to build your case.
Filing a Lawsuit
If we determine you have a valid claim, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf against the responsible parties. We will handle all aspects of the litigation process, including:
- Serving the defendants with the lawsuit and legal notice of your claims.
- Representing you in negotiations for a potential settlement to fairly compensate you without a trial.
- Taking the case to trial in court if a fair settlement cannot be reached. Our team has extensive experience trying cases involving product liability, environmental pollution, and personal injury.
Seeking Maximum Compensation
Our goal is to secure the maximum compensation for your damages related to PFAS exposure, including:
- Medical expenses for diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing health monitoring.
- Lost wages and income from missed work due to health issues.
- Pain, suffering, and reduced quality of life.
- Punitive damages to punish the companies responsible in cases of negligence or willful misconduct.
- Property damages and loss of property value due to contamination.
We operate on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing upfront and we only collect fees if we obtain compensation for you. Contact us today for a free, confidential case review to determine if you may have grounds for a PFAS lawsuit or injury claim. We can help you hold the responsible parties accountable and gain justice for the harm caused.
PFAS Settlement FAQs: Common Questions About PFAS Class Action Cases
PFAS class action lawsuits allow groups of people to join together to file a lawsuit against companies that have polluted the environment and contaminated water supplies with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). If you have been exposed to PFAS chemicals due to contamination from a local company, you may be eligible to participate in a PFAS class action lawsuit.
What is a PFAS class action lawsuit?
A class action lawsuit permits a large group of people - known as “class members” - who have suffered similar injuries or losses to sue the entity responsible, such as a corporation that released PFAS chemicals into the environment. By banding together, class members can share the burden of litigation costs and increase their leverage against well-funded defendants.
Who can participate in a PFAS class action lawsuit?
To qualify as a class member in a PFAS class action case, you must meet certain criteria, such as:
-Living in an area with known PFAS contamination from an identifiable source, like a manufacturing plant.
-Suffering injuries or losses traceable to PFAS exposure, such as suffering a cancer diagnosis that is linked to PFAS water contamination.
-Not having already settled your claims against the defendant or participated in another class action case regarding the same PFAS release.
How do I join a PFAS class action lawsuit?
If there is an existing PFAS class action case regarding contamination in your area, the law firm handling the litigation will place notices in local media with details on how to join the lawsuit as a class member. You can also search online for “PFAS class action” along with the name of your city or county and relevant companies to find open cases. To join, you will need to provide information establishing your eligibility as a class member.
Participating in a PFAS class action lawsuit is a way for victims of corporate pollution to hold companies accountable while also gaining compensation for their injuries. By banding together with others in your community, you have a better chance of achieving justice against entities that would otherwise escape legal consequences due to their size and resources.
Fletcher Law Can Protect Your Rights In A PFAS Class Action Case
If you or a loved one has been exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, Fletcher Law can help protect your rights in a PFAS class action lawsuit. Our firm has experience handling complex environmental and toxic tort litigation, including cases involving PFAS contamination.
PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in consumer and industrial products since the 1940s. Unfortunately, PFAS do not break down easily in the environment and have been linked to serious health issues. Many communities have discovered that their drinking water supplies have been contaminated with high levels of PFAS from sources like firefighting foam, landfills, and industrial sites.
Fletcher Law Will Fight For Fair Compensation
At Fletcher Law, our attorneys believe individuals affected by PFAS exposure deserve compensation and accountability from the companies responsible for this public health crisis. We are currently investigating potential PFAS class action lawsuits to recover damages for:
•Medical monitoring and health screening for PFAS-related conditions
•Property damage from contaminated water supplies
•Loss of property value due to proximity to a PFAS contamination site
•Pain and suffering related to PFAS exposure illnesses
We have the experience and resources to build a strong case against PFAS manufacturers and the companies that used these toxic chemicals. Our goal is to hold them responsible for the harm caused to individuals and communities.
Contact Us Today For A Free Case Evaluation
If you or someone you know has been impacted by PFAS contamination, please contact Fletcher Law for a free case evaluation. We can review the details of your situation, determine if you may have grounds for a lawsuit, and advise you on the legal options available to protect your rights. With years of experience in environmental law and class action litigation, our attorneys can effectively represent your interests in court.
The time to take action against irresponsible PFAS pollution is now. Call or email Fletcher Law today to find out how we can help you seek justice and compensation.