Learning how you can reduce your PFAS exposure could prevent you from developing illnesses associated with the dangerous chemical. PFAS is a substance that is used in such items as non-stick cookware, waterproof products, and other everyday products, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Prolonged exposure to the chemicals places you at risk for serious diseases.
Avoiding certain products that contain PFAS is possible by making a few changes to your lifestyle, including:
- Use cast iron or stainless-steel cookware and avoid non-stick pans.
- Eat less fast food as some wrappers contain PFAS.
- Make popcorn on the stove instead of the microwave.
- Do not buy a stain-resistant carpet.
- Research personal care products to ensure they are not contaminated with PFAS.
- Avoid purchasing waterproof or stain-resistant clothing.
Proactive steps like these can help you limit your exposure to PFAS. If your exposure to PFAS has recently led to a diagnosis of a condition related to the man-made chemicals, a personal injury lawyer might be able to provide you with legal representation.
If you were recently diagnosed with a PFAS related illness, you might be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A personal injury lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you through this difficult time. No one should suffer physical, financial, or emotional stress due to dangerous products.
Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a variety of man-made chemicals used on a variety of products. PFAS was originally developed to last forever and does not break down, even in the human body.
As researchers learn more about the potential health hazards of exposure to PFAS, it is becoming clearer that exposure can affect people of all ages in one or more of the following ways, according to the ATSDR:
- Certain cancers
- Liver damage
- Fertility issues
- Thyroid problems
- Diminished immune system
- High cholesterol
These are just a few examples of the effect exposure to PFAS has on your body. While there is no way to completely escape contact with PFAS, there are ways you can reduce your exposure.
PFAS in Water Systems
PFAS contaminates the land surrounding public water systems, landfills, military bases, industrial sites, and more. The most effective way to avoid PFAS is to avoid contaminated tap water and drink bottled water, as water consumption is one of the main ways we consume the chemical.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you can also reduce PFAS exposure through water treatments, including using an activated carbon filter, an ion exchange treatment, and reverse osmosis.
Until further research and action are underway at local, state, and federal levels, your risk for consuming PFAS via your water system remains high. A carbon filter can help reduce your risk in a way that is quick and inexpensive.
Let Pintas & Mullins Help You Today
A member of our legal team can investigate and determine liability for your PFAS exposure and related health condition. Our firm can also protect your best interests when it comes to aggressive insurance companies and low-dollar settlements.
The statute of limitations for filing your case is a strict deadline that you must meet in order to pursue compensation, and it varies by state. Should you miss the deadline, you may be barred from civil action forever.
We need time to review the details of your case. The lawyer assigned to your case will work hard to reach a fair settlement outside of court, as most personal injury cases are resolved. However, if necessary, they are ready to go to trial. In some cases, involving PFAS related health conditions, you may qualify for a class-action lawsuit.
A serious health diagnosis is a frightening experience that can cause anxiety about your future. While limiting your exposure to PFAS is a good start, your past and recent exposure may contribute to your diagnosis.
Learning how you can reduce your PFAS exposure is smart. However, the burden to prevent exposure should not be on you. Manufacturers have a responsibility to protect consumers from harm. By either recalling a product or warning of the dangers, manufacturers have ways to admit a potential problem.
Researchers continue to study the impact of PFAS on the human body. As more studies take place, there are things you can do to limit your exposure. A few simple steps to your daily routine and your purchase decisions may protect your health.
If you were recently diagnosed with a serious health condition that you believe relates to your PFAS exposure, take action. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free case evaluation. We collect no fee unless we win your case. Our firm does not shy away from tough cases. Call us now to learn more at (800) 794-0444.