If you or a loved one has developed cancer as a result of exposure to contaminated drinking water in Rhode Island, you may have grounds to file a drinking water lawsuit against the federal government. PFAS cancer lawsuits and water contamination claims allow Rhode Island persons and families harmed by contaminated drinking water to seek compensation for the medical expenses, pain and suffering that have resulted from exposure to PFAS in Rhode Island drinking water.
Research indicates that exposure to even a small amount of PFAS chemicals causes harm. Persons exposed to contaminated drinking water in Rhode Island face a higher risk for testicular cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer. Unreleased data collected by the federal government shows that approximately 110 million Americans are reliant on drinking water tainted by cancer-causing PFAS chemicals. Also known as "forever" chemicals, PFAS substances never break down in the environment. PFAS chemicals have also been found to bio-accumulate, or build up over time in the body.
PFAS chemicals have primarily entered Rhode Island groundwater through industrial and military uses. Dupont and the federal government are historically two of the largest producers of PFAS substances, making use of the technology to create Teflon and Scotchgard products. The U.S. military has utilized PFAS substances since 1969, when fire-fighting foam containing PFAS was put into widespread use for emergency response, crash- and fire-training, and equipment testing.
Critics say scientists from the Navy and the federal government both warned of the dangers of PFAS chemicals in the 1970s, yet the military continued to require the use of PFAS fire-fighting foam in Rhode Island and around the country. These chemicals remained unregulated and in widespread use for decades to follow. In 2001, an internal memo from the Department of Defense acknowledged that the PFAS chemical known as PFOS was "persistent, bioaccumulating and toxic". It was not until ten year later that the Department of Defense issued a PFAS Risk Alert. Finally, between 2015 and 2020, the chemicals PFOA and PFOS were entirely eliminated from fire-fighting foam throughout the Airforce, Army and Navy–only to be replaced by other PFAS chemicals, which researchers say also cause cancer and may be more dangerous than the prior substances.
The groundwater and drinking water in Rhode Island and communities across the country has been compromised as a result of the heavy use of PFAS fire-fighting foam at airports and military bases. At no fault of their own and with no prior knowledge or warning, countless Rhode Island families have been exposed to a risk for health problems including cancer through drinking contaminated water.
If you or a member of your family developed testicular cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer after being exposed to contaminated drinking water in Rhode Island, you may qualify to file a drinking water contamination lawsuit to recover compensation for damages you have suffered. Filing a lawsuit is the only way for Rhode Island families to secure compensation for medical bills, lost time at work, pain, suffering and loss that have resulted from PFAS cancer cases in Rhode Island. Our attorneys accept drinking water lawsuits from Rhode Island residents and offer no-cost, no-obligation drinking water lawsuit case review for Rhode Island persons who match this description. To discuss your situation in detail with an attorney and to learn about PFAS water contamination lawsuit time limits for Rhode Island claims, please complete our online contact form. One of our attorneys handling PFAS cancer lawsuits for Rhode Island will contact you promptly.
Many persons who have developed cancer from Rhode Island drinking water contamination wonder if filing a lawsuit will result in meaningful compensation for their family. Rhode Island PFAS cancer lawsuits will not be class action lawsuits in which those who file a claim can expect only a small, symbolic settlement. On the contrary, lawyers handling drinking water contamination lawsuits believe Rhode Island persons and family members of persons who have been diagnosed with cancer after exposure to PFAS chemicals may be entitled to significant compensation. PFAS cancer lawsuits from Rhode Island are likely to be consolidated with others from around the nation as Multi-District Litigation (MDL), in which each claim will be handled on its own merit and compensation will be determined based on the degree of suffering of each plaintiff.
We will represent all persons in Rhode Island involved in a drinking water lawsuit on a contingency basis, meaning our lawyers never charge legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. For a free no-obligation consultation please fill out our short online contact form and one of our PFAS cancer attorneys serving Rhode Island will contact you to answer any of your questions.
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