Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are incredibly dangerous for both humans and the environment. If you or a loved one have been exposed to these chemicals and have suffered adverse health effects as a result, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
At Estey & Bomberger, LLP, our attorneys are committed to fighting for the rights of those who have been harmed by PFAS exposure. With our deep knowledge of the science and law surrounding these cases, we are well-equipped to hold the companies accountable for their dangerous products and secure the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Our Firm for Your PFAS Exposure Lawsuit?
- Our firm has recovered over $500 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients in a five-year period, with a 99% case success rate. We have achieved multi-million-dollar outcomes for dozens of clients.
- Our attorneys have received several industry awards and recognitions, including Daily Journal’s “Top Plaintiff Attorney,” Consumer Attorneys of San Diego’s “Trial Attorney of the Year” and “Outstanding Trial Lawyer,” SuperLawyers.com’s “Super Lawyer,” and National Trial Lawyers’ “Top 100.”
- Our firm takes cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay any upfront costs or legal fees. We only get paid if we win your case, which limits your out-of-pocket expenses.
Legal Options for Victims of PFAS
PFAS can lead to an increased risk of cancer, hormone problems, and many other health effects. Despite these risks, many manufacturers have relied on these dangerous substances to create their products without warning consumers of the potential harm. Now, many consumers are filing lawsuits against PFAS manufacturers, holding these entities liable for the health effects that they have experienced.
A class action lawsuit is a legal action that is filed by multiple people who have suffered the same type of harm. Unlike a personal injury lawsuit, which is filed by an individual, several plaintiffs, known as class representatives, present their cases to represent the interests of a very large group of victims.
There have been several high-profile class action lawsuits in recent years, and new lawsuits against PFAS manufacturers are being filed constantly:
- Chemical manufacturers and industrial companies have faced PFAS water contamination lawsuits from municipalities across the country, as these entities have polluted water systems through their actions.
- Thousands of cases have been filed alleging injury caused by PFAS exposure due to aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), commonly known as “firefighting foam.” AFFF is one of the leading causes of PFAS contamination.
- In 2022, McDonald’s was named in a consumer class-action lawsuit for using packaging that contains PFAS to sell food.
- Several individuals have filed lawsuits after being exposed to PFAS-contaminated drinking water, resulting in the development of cancer and other severe health problems.
If you believe that you were exposed to PFAS and later developed a harmful health condition, the specialized dangerous and defective product attorneys at Estey & Bomberger, LLP can help. Our PFAS exposure attorneys handle class action lawsuits and are representing victims of these toxic substances nationwide. Our team of PFAS cancer lawsuit attorneys will advocate aggressively for your right to justice.
Our firm will carefully assess your case to determine if you are eligible for an existing class action lawsuit or if you may be eligible to begin a new class action against a negligent entity. We can also determine if it is in your best interest to pursue a personal injury lawsuit or mass tort litigation instead.
What Are PFAS?
Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS, are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used in a wide range of industrial and consumer products since the 1950s. PFAS are known for their ability to repel oil and water, and for their heat-resistant and non-stick properties. These features make them useful in many products, including non-stick cookware, stain-resistant carpets and furniture, food packaging, and firefighting foam.
However, PFAS are often called “forever chemicals” due to their inability to biodegrade. Over time, they have found their way into the soil, air, and water supply. Many people consume PFAS far more often than they realize. This has raised concerns about the potential health risks associated with PFAS exposure.
You can be exposed to PFAS through various means, such as:
- Consuming PFAS-contaminated water or food products
- Using products containing PFAS, such as firefighting foam, food packaging, household items like carpet stain and water-repellent products, personal care products, and non-stick cookware
- Exposure to PFAS through water and soil at hazardous waste sites, landfills, and disposal sites
- Exposure to PFAS at facilities where it is produced or used
- Consumption of food products, such as fish and dairy, that come from animals exposed to PFAS
- Use of food packagings, such as fast-food wrappers, pizza boxes, and microwaveable popcorn bags
- Use of personal care products, such as cosmetics, shampoo, and dental floss
- Use of biosolids, such as certain fertilizers derived from wastewater treatment plants
- Working in certain occupations, such as firefighting and the manufacturing or processing of chemicals
What Health Issues Are Caused By PFAS?
PFAS have been linked to several health conditions. Some studies According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), exposure to high levels of PFAS can also have negative effects on the human immune system. The agency cited a National Toxicology Program review that found PFAS suppressed antibody response in both animals and humans. Other studies associate PFAS with hormone problems and impaired child development.
Other health effects of PFAS exposure may include:
- Kidney cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Liver cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- High cholesterol
- Decreased infant birth weight
- High blood pressure or pre-eclampsia during pregnancy
- Changes in liver enzymes, which can indicate liver damage
Who Can File a PFAS Cancer Lawsuit?
If you have been exposed to PFAS and have experienced health issues or other losses as a result, you may be eligible to file a PFAS exposure lawsuit and recover compensation. However, eligibility to file a lawsuit depends on your ability to establish exposure to these toxic chemicals.
To link your health condition to PFAS exposure, you will need to demonstrate that you came into contact with these chemicals through contaminated drinking water, food, or consumer products. If you were employed in an industry that used or produced PFAS, you may also be able to show that you were exposed through your work.
If you can demonstrate exposure to PFAS, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the responsible parties. This can include chemical manufacturers, industrial companies, and other entities responsible for polluting the environment and water systems with these dangerous substances.
There are several legal options available to victims of PFAS exposure, and an attorney at Estey & Bomberger, LLP can help you determine your optimal path to maximum compensation. Schedule a free case consultation as soon as possible to determine your case eligibility and take your first steps toward justice.
Which Products Contain PFAS?
In addition to PFAS contamination in the water supply, these substances also appear in many products that we use on a daily basis. PFAS are widely used in several items due to their non-stick, heat-resistant, and water-repellent properties. In many places, manufacturers are not required to disclose PFAS in their products— making it difficult for consumers to avoid exposure.
Here are some examples of products that may contain PFAS:
- Non-stick cookware, such as frying pans and baking sheets
- Food packaging materials, including pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, and fast-food wrappers
- Stain and water-resistant fabrics, such as carpets, upholstery, and outdoor gear
- Personal care products, such as dental floss, shampoo, and makeup
- Firefighting foam used to extinguish fires
- Cleaning products, such as stain removers, floor wax, and carpet cleaners
- Water-resistant clothing and shoes
- Certain types of medical devices, such as implantable devices and catheters
Compensation Available in a PFAS Exposure Lawsuit
PFAS exposure can lead to a wide range of harmful health effects. If you were diagnosed with cancer, liver damage, or another health problem and were exposed to PFAS on a regular basis, you could file a lawsuit against the responsible company and secure compensation for the losses that you endured. However, the amount and type of compensation that you can claim will depend on the type of lawsuit that you file.
Class Action Compensation
In a PFAS class action lawsuit, compensation is distributed evenly among all eligible plaintiffs. This means that each plaintiff will receive the same amount of compensation, regardless of the severity of his or her injuries or the extent of his or her losses. The amount of compensation available in a class action lawsuit will depend on the specifics of the case, including the number of plaintiffs, the severity of their injuries, and the extent of damages caused by PFAS exposure.
Personal Injury and Mass Tort Compensation
Although PFAS class action lawsuits are common, they may not be the optimal legal pathway for everyone. In some cases, it may be in your best interest to pursue personal injury litigation, which is filed by an individual plaintiff against a defendant or group of defendants. Unlike class action claims, a personal injury settlement is tailored to the exact losses that the victim suffered. If you have suffered an injury caused by PFAS contamination, reach out to our team of personal injury attorneys for expert legal representation.
You may also be eligible for mass tort litigation, which is similar to a class action with a few major exceptions. Like class action lawsuits, mass torts involve many plaintiffs who allege the same type of harm. However, settlements will be distributed based on the damages of each injured individual. The mass tort attorneys at Estey & Bomberger have experience successfully recovering compensation for wrongly injured victims.
Compensation available in a PFAS personal injury lawsuit or mass tort can include:
- Medical expenses incurred as a result of PFAS exposure, including costs associated with diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care
- Lost wages due to missed work or inability to work because of PFAS exposure
- Compensation for pain and suffering, such as physical and emotional distress
- Punitive damages intended to punish defendants for their wrongful conduct and deter similar behavior in the future
- Compensation for property damage, such as damage to homes or personal property, resulting from PFAS contamination
- Environmental cleanup costs, such as costs associated with cleaning up groundwater and soil contaminated with PFAS
- Diminished property value, which occurs when the value of a property decreases because of its proximity to PFAS-contaminated sites
- Costs associated with the installation and maintenance of water treatment systems, such as reverse osmosis or activated carbon filters, to remove PFAS from drinking water
The exact amount of compensation will depend on the specifics of the case, including the severity of harm suffered by each individual plaintiff. If you have lost a loved one caused by health complications from PFAS exposure, our wrongful death lawyers are on your side to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Your attorney from Estey & Bomberger, LLP can help you calculate your potential award and advocate aggressively for your right to financial recovery.
Do You Need an Attorney for a PFAS Lawsuit?
PFAS lawsuits can be complex and establishing liability and proving causation can be challenging. In these situations, it is beneficial to work with an attorney who specializes in PFAS litigation to help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights.
Estey & Bomberger, LLP specializes in litigation against large companies and corporations that cause harm to the environment and human health. Our product liability attorneys have the expertise, experience, and resources to investigate and litigate complex PFAS exposure cases and will work tirelessly to prove your right to financial compensation.
Your attorney can help you understand the strength of your case, potential damages, and the likelihood of success. Our firm can also help you gather evidence to support your case, such as medical records, employment records, and other documents that show your exposure to PFAS and the harm it has caused you. We can also help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence, and negotiate a settlement or represent you in court.
While an attorney is not required to pursue PFAS litigation, hiring legal representation can reduce the stress and complexity of the process. If you believe that you have been injured by PFAS contamination, speak to a lawyer to learn about your legal options.
Contact a PFAS Exposure Attorney at Estey & Bomberger, LLP
If you or a loved one have been exposed to PFAS and have suffered adverse health effects, it is important to speak with an experienced product liability attorney as soon as possible. At Estey & Bomberger, LLP, our PFAS exposure lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and resources to help you pursue justice and the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you navigate this complex legal landscape. Call us now at (800) 260-7197 or fill out our online form to get started.