Louisiana – March 26, 2021
A recent report from January 6, 2021 reveals an alarming rate of toxic chemical exposure in the drinking water of many U.S. Counties. In most instances the contamination is localized and may be associated with a facility that can be found negligent for its oversight in cleanup activities at oil refineries, airfields, and other areas where firefighting may be undertaken with frequency, or from facilities where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)are produced, or used in product manufacture. PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), PFOS, GenX, and have been found in surface water, groundwater, rainwater, drinking water and air emissions. When individuals become sick due to the ingestion of water supplies that have been contaminated, a Louisiana personal injury attorney may review a case to secure damage compensation when it is warranted.
Adverse health outcomes.
There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse health outcomes in humans. If humans, or animals, ingest PFAS by eating food prepared with toxic water supplies, or drinking the water containing PFAS, toxins are absorbed, and this accumulation of PFAS may stay in the human body for an extended period of time. The increased prolonged exposure causes ill health effects, including reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney, and immunological effects in laboratory animals. Both chemicals have caused tumors in animal studies. Environmental attorneys at Stag Liuzza can build a case to secure damage awards utilizing legal remedies against harmful illnesses, including cancer and related death.
Toxic spills and leaks happen and some are the result of negligence, while some are unavoidable. There are necessary laws outlining requirements for the responsible party and the cleanup team to ensure that contamination is limited and controlled, and then removed from an environment to avoid longer-term or large-scale damage. Regulations can also include liability, response, determine the process of investigation, monitoring before, during and after cleanup, and the risk assessment of long-term effects. Experienced oil field waste attorneys know how to manage pre and post-cleanup activities.
Seek legal counsel.
PFAS-related illnesses can be devastating to individuals and families, especially when the main financial support of a household becomes sick and cannot work, accumulating increased medical bills while losing work-related income. Attorneys at Stag Liuzza can review a case when illness has been documented and believed to be the result of PFAS exposure from drinking water. They can build a case for negligence in many cases toward the recover of necessary monetary compensation.
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