Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS, have been used in countless consumer products for decades to make those products less likely to get stained by oil, grease, or similar substances. These synthetic chemicals take hundreds of years to dissipate from any environment in which they are introduced. Unfortunately, recent research has discovered that exposure to even tiny amounts of PFAS can have serious and potentially life-threatening consequences.
Over the past several years, thousands of PFAS lawsuits have been filed against numerous corporations. These companies recklessly manufactured products containing PFAS and caused substantial damage to both natural environments around the United States and the people living in them. If you want to pursue legal action for physical harm caused by PFAS exposure, consult an experienced product liability attorney at OnderLaw.
At OnderLaw, we have a proven track record of successfully handling defective product lawsuits, including cases involving serious injuries. Our dedicated team of attorneys possesses the knowledge and skills needed to take on large corporations and hold them accountable for the harm caused by their products. We are here to guide you through the entire legal process.
PFAS were considered especially useful for a long time because of their uniquely strong chemical bonds, making them resistant to heat, water, oil, and almost everything else. However, because these bonds are so strong, these chemicals take an extremely long time to break down naturally, including when they accumulate inside plants, animals, and people. Since PFAS can be swallowed and even absorbed through the skin from contaminated drinking water, that accumulation has already occurred in many Americans, including most newborns.
Over time, exposure to PFAS is correlated with an increased risk of life-altering and sometimes life-threatening medical conditions, such as:
Additionally, PFAS may cause reproductive damage that may include testicular cancer. They may also increase the risk of birth defects, developmental disabilities, and even fetal death.
The first major PFAS litigation began in 1999, naming DuPont as the defendant liable for contaminating water sources in West Virginia and causing the deaths of hundreds of cattle through the reckless use and disposal of PFOA, a specific type of PFAS. Since then, several other companies have faced litigation over their role in causing PFAS contamination all over the United States. In 2023, DuPont and two other major chemical companies—Chemours and Corteva—agreed to establish a fund worth $1.19 billion to assist with PFAS cleanup efforts.
Other major defendants named in the thousands of currently pending PFAS lawsuits include 3M, National Foam, Dynax, and Chemguard. Many of these claims have been combined into multi-district litigation (MDLs) to simplify legal proceedings. However, they are still ongoing and may allow recovery for numerous losses stemming from PFAS injuries, including:
A knowledgeable defective products lawyer from our firm can further discuss the damages available in your specific case during a confidential consultation. We understand this is not just a legal case; it is your life, and we are here to support you in overcoming this traumatic incident. Allow our team of dedicated attorneys to help you hold the negligent company accountable and get the compensation you deserve.
PFAS contamination is a serious issue nationwide, affecting millions of Americans in ways that may not yet have been fully researched. When experiencing serious health problems due to PFAS exposure, understanding and effectively pursuing your legal options is vital to protecting your long-term best interests.
Guidance from a capable legal professional at OnderLaw can be essential to achieving favorable results from PFAS lawsuits. Call today to schedule a meeting with one of our experienced attorneys and take the first step toward pursuing justice.