Understanding PFAS and Their Impact

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly known as “forever chemicals,” are a group of man-made chemicals used in various industries since the 1940s. PFAS are known for their extreme durability and heat, water, and oil resistance. They are ideal for firefighting foam, non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics, and food packaging. However, these properties make PFAS incredibly persistent in the environment and human body, leading to widespread contamination and significant health concerns.

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What Makes PFAS “Forever Chemicals”?

The term “forever chemicals” refers to the chemical structure of PFAS, which consists of strong carbon-fluorine bonds. These bonds are among the strongest in organic chemistry, making PFAS resistant to natural degradation processes. As a result, PFAS can remain in the environment and in the human body for many years, accumulating over time with continued exposure.

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Sources of PFAS Exposure

People can be exposed to PFAS through various channels, including:

  • Drinking Water: PFAS can leach into groundwater and contaminate drinking water supplies, especially near industrial sites, military bases, and areas where firefighting foam is used.
  • Food: PFAS can be present in food due to contaminated soil and water used to grow crops or through food packaging materials.
  • Consumer Products: Many household items, such as non-stick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics, and water-repellent clothing, contain PFAS.
  • Industrial Settings: Workers in industries manufacturing or using PFAS are at a higher risk of exposure.

Forever Chemicals in Chicago Water

PFAS contamination has been detected in drinking water sources across the United States, including Chicago. The presence of these chemicals in water supplies poses a significant health risk to residents. Studies have shown that even low levels of PFAS exposure can lead to severe health issues.

Health Risks Associated with PFAS Exposure

Exposure to PFAS has been linked to several chronic health conditions, including:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Liver Damage
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Immune System Disorders
  • High Cholesterol
  • Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension

How PFAS Exposure is Hurting Firefighters

Firefighters face a unique risk from PFAS exposure due to the presence of these chemicals in their protective gear, also known as turnout gear. Research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that firefighter gear textiles often contain PFAS. These chemicals are linked to an increased risk of cancer and other health effects. More alarmingly, NIST’s study reveals that PFAS are released more when the gear undergoes wear and tear.

“Using PFAS in turnout gear may or may not be an acceptable risk, given all the other hazards that firefighters already face,” said NIST chemist and co-author John Kucklick. This information is vital for ensuring the health and safety of firefighters, as understanding the potential risks associated with their gear can help them make informed decisions about their protective equipment.

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How Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates Can Help Victims of PFAS Contamination

At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, we understand the devastating impact that PFAS contamination can have on individuals and communities. Our experienced Chicago PFAS cancer lawyers are dedicated to helping victims seek justice and compensation for their suffering.

Filing a PFAS Water Contamination Lawsuit

You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one has been exposed to PFAS-contaminated water. Our skilled attorneys will:

  • Thoroughly investigate your case
  • Identify all liable parties
  • Pursue maximum compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Exclusive Representation in Chicago

Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates is committed to representing clients in Chicago, Aurora, Joliet, and throughout Illinois. Our focus on these specific locations allows us to deliver personalized and dedicated legal services, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Contact Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates: Your Chicago PFAS Lawyer

Don’t let exposure to forever chemicals go unchecked. If you suspect PFAS contamination in your community or drinking water, contact Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates’ personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced PFAS lawyers will review your case and help you understand your legal options.