Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a group of synthetic chemicals known for their remarkable durability and resistance to degradation. This property makes them exceptionally persistent in the environment and within the human body. Even infants are not spared from exposure to PFAS, as these chemicals can be passed from mothers to their babies during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
In May 2022, Massachusetts Attorney General Healey took a significant step in the fight against PFAS contamination by filing lawsuits against manufacturers of these persistent and harmful chemicals. These lawsuits highlight the damage inflicted on our state’s water and natural resources by PFAS, often referred to as “forever chemicals.”
One startling aspect of all PFAS lawsuits is the claim that one of the major manufacturers, 3M, had knowledge dating back to the 1950s regarding the toxicity and cumulative effects of PFAS in humans and animals. This revelation underscores the extent of the awareness surrounding the potential harm caused by PFAS compounds.
While state and federal authorities take legal action against PFAS manufacturers, individuals and communities also have a role to play. If you were exposed to PFAS and have suffered adverse health effects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for medical expenses and suffering. Reach out to Jim Glaser, your PFAS contamination lawyer in Boston, to learn more.