Has PFAS Water Contamination Impacted Your Health?
At Charles J. Argento, our Houston personal injury attorney focuses on providing injured residents throughout Texas with the legal resources they need to produce real financial compensation remedies that allow them to regain control of their lives.
Our personal injury lawyer in Harris County knows that our clients are often injured in familiar and widespread ways, like vehicle and workplace accidents. Others, however, can unknowingly suffer significant injuries through their community’s water supplies.
Currently, 3M, Chemours, DuPont, and more than twenty other manufacturers have been sued for what attorneys say is knowingly contaminating the environment with PFAS “forever chemicals.” Perfluoroalkyl (PFA) and Polyfluoralkyl (PFO) substances are manufactured forever chemicals included in hundreds of products that have been used throughout the United States since the 1940s.
These legal claims are designed to hold chemical companies responsible for contamination caused by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances released into the environment in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S.
Two of the most injurious chemicals — PFAS and PFOS — are byproducts of firefighting foam and other products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense on over 400 military sites nationwide in fluorinated chemical water contamination.
Lawsuits are claiming the level of PFA and PFO toxic chemicals in the groundwater far exceeds the EPA’s health guidelines and have been linked to several types of cancers and birth defects from contaminated water supplies in surrounding communities.
Who is Impacted by the PFAS in Contaminated Texas Water Supplies?
Multiple parties may be impacted PFAs contaminating Texas water supplies, including:
- Those living on or near any of the 15 military bases in Texas.
- Firefighters and military personnel who use/used the foam with PFAs while doing their jobs.
- Production and factory employees handling products containing PFAS.
As we learn more about PFAS and how they contaminate the environment, there is no limit to who may be impacted by these forever chemicals. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or illness because of PFAS in Texas, contact our skilled Mass Tort Injury Attorneys in Houston today.
What Types of Products Have Been Found to Contain PFAS?
PFAS and PFOS are designed to provide superior resistance to water treatment, so they are commonly used by firefighters, the military, and in products associated with industrial manufacturing.
The dangers associated with forever chemicals are requiring the United States is partially phase out their use in many products. In fact, 3M has pledged to stop using forever chemicals by 2025. However, they continue to exist throughout the environment and in products where alternatives are yet to be found.
That may include:
- Additives And Coatings.
- Cardboard Packaging.
- Commercial Household Products.
- Electrical And Plumbing Supplies.
- Fire-Fighting Foam.
- Hydraulic Fluids.
- Industrial Surfactants.
- Leather Products.
- Medical Devices.
- Metal Plating.
- Nonstick Coating.
- Surface Protection Products.
- Waterproof Clothing.
- Wetting Agents.
Through our customized legal pursuits, the companies that produce these forever products are being pursued for all current, past, and future costs related to PFAS contamination.
3M recently reached a $12.5 billion settlement with public water systems across the country over contamination with PFAS chemicals, just a few weeks after a $1.2 billion settlement between DuPont, Chemours, and Corteva with 300 drinking water providers.
The Prevalence of PFAS in Fire Fighting Foam and the Dangers it Presents to Firefighters Everywhere
Highly toxic firefighting foam containing PFAS has been used for decades to prevent and combat dangerous fires, especially those fueled by petroleum and other flammable, hard-to-extinguish materials.
Used regularly in live-action and training exercises by professional firefighters, military personnel, and other occupations has endangered the health, well-being, and – in some – the lives of the individuals who had occupational exposure these dangerous chemicals.
Many were frequently subjected to toxins without their knowledge, which could have led to serious illnesses and diseases that impacted their health and quality of life.
Because of the inherent dangers associated with PFAS, studies by the International Agency for Research on Cancer reported that individuals regularly exposed to firefighting foam have an increased risk of developing serious illnesses.
The common cancers associated with PFAs in firefighting foam include, but are not limited to:
Our experienced firefighting foam attorneys in Houston can help firefighters and their families hold manufacturers liable for the injuries, illnesses, and fatalities their products have caused.
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Do You Believe PFAS Chemicals Have Contaminated Your Community’s Water?
At Charles J. Argento, our experienced mass torts attorney in Houston manages all types of injury and illness cases caused by manufacturers throughout Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation by calling (713) 225-5050 or contacting us online so that together, we can pursue justice by holding the negligent party or combination of parties liable for your full financial recovery.