What Are the Dangers of PFAS Exposure?

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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large, complex group of synthetic chemicals within many common consumer products you likely use daily. Namely, they may be present in drinking water, food products, food packaging, cleaning products, personal care products, and more. Unfortunately, constant exposure to these chemicals may place your health in serious danger. Continue reading to learn the potential health consequences of PFAS exposure and how an experienced Tampa class action & mass tort lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can tell you how to remedy this situation.

What are the potential health consequences of PFAS exposure?

The potential health consequences from PFAS exposure may depend on the frequency of exposure to these chemicals, your pre-existing health conditions, and other relevant factors. Without further ado, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), you may tie the following health risks to PFAS exposure:

  • Individuals may experience high cholesterol.
  • Individuals may experience changes in their liver enzyme levels.
  • Individuals may receive a kidney or testicular cancer diagnosis.
  • Infants may experience a decreased birth weight.
  • Children may experience changes in their immune systems and limited responses to vaccines.
  • Pregnant women may experience preeclampsia or high blood pressure.

What is a possible remedy for my PFAS exposure?

Once exposed to PFAS chemicals, you may be hit with a slew of medical bills. You may even need to take time off work to focus on your necessary medical treatments. Overall, you may suffer from the emotional distress of your inability to make a full recovery in your health. So, no matter how severe the health consequences you incurred from your PFAS exposure, you must respond appropriately. This may be in the form of a mass tort lawsuit.

Of note, a mass tort claim is a legal action in which you and numerous other plaintiffs go against one or several corporate defendants. Yet, your claim may get individualized attention by receiving its own court date. You must understand that the process of filing a mass tort claim is an intricate one, in which you must generally follow the below steps:

  1. You must retain the legal services of a seasoned Tampa mass tort lawyer.
  2. You and your lawyer must identify and obtain sufficient evidence relevant to your claim.
  3. You and your lawyer must fill out and submit your claim to a court with jurisdiction over the case.
  4. You and your lawyer must watch out for your claim joining a multidistrict litigation with a single federal court.
  5. You and your lawyer must decide whether to settle your claim outside of court or take it to court on your scheduled trial date.

We can easily argue that your best next move is to call a skilled Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer. We urge you to do so before your statute of limitations rapidly approaches (i.e., two years from the date you become aware of your PFAS exposure damages). The time is now. Contact us today.

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