Americans in communities large and small have been exposed to contaminated drinking water and put at risk for cancer. In most cases, citizens are unfamiliar with PFAS forever chemicals, and have no idea their drinking water is putting them at risk for certain types of cancer. PFAS-based fire fighting foam has been in widespread use by the U.S. military since 1969, used both in crash-and fire-response training, as well as in emergency situations. Sprayed prolifically, PFAS fire fighting foam is hosed off and then enters the surrounding groundwater. Groundwater seepage transports these harmful chemicals to the lakes, streams, wells, and other water sources many Americans rely on. Contaminated drinking water has been found to increase the risk for testicular cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer, as well as other health conditions including reproductive problems, birth defects, weakened childhood immunity, endocrine disruption, increased cholesterol and weight gain.
Persons who have been diagnosed with cancer following exposure to contaminated drinking water are seeking clarification of the qualifications required to participate in a PFAS water contamination lawsuit. Our law firm offers free, no-obligation, confidential consultations to anyone who feels they may have a claim, but we have outlined the basic qualifications in this section. In general, these are factors that are considered in each drinking water lawsuit claim:
Exposure to PFAS contaminated drinking water has been shown to cause testicular cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer. A large-scale study based on 70,000 residents living in close proximity of Dupont’s Teflon plant between 1996 and 2005 confirmed this link. Persons who have been diagnosed with testicular cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer may have developed cancer as a result of contaminated water. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with testicular cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer, you may be eligible to file a water contamination claim.
Among the most common sources of PFAS forever chemicals are military bases and airports, where fire-fighting foam is used abundantly for training and incident response. One PFAS chemicals enter the groundwater at a military base or airport, they can seep through the ground for tens or even hundreds of miles. If you or a loved one developed cancer while living near a military base or airport, you may be eligible to file a PFAS water contamination claim.
PFAS chemicals that enter the groundwater can travel throughout the environment and infiltrate both municipal and domestic water supplies. Whether you have a well or you rely on municipal water from your city or town, you may be exposed to contaminated drinking water. If you or a loved one developed cancer while living in an area with contaminated drinking water, you may be eligible to file a drinking water cancer claim.
For persons and family members of persons who meet these qualifications, it is likely you will be eligible to file a water contamination lawsuit for cancer. There are multiple reasons to file a claim. First, PFAS water contamination lawyers believe individuals who have suffered from PFAS cancer may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, pain, suffering, and loss associated with drinking water contamination. More meaningful than that to some is the opportunity to hold teh federal government accountable for the safety and health of American families. Navy scientists cautioned of the risk of PFAS water contamination in the 1970s yet the military did not heed these warnings and many Americans have been exposed to forever chemicals through drinking water.
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