PFC Contamination in Water Systems
Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are sometimes used in manufacturing, but they can also be found in cleaning products, packaging, textiles, and the firefighting product known as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). Over the years, PFCs have contaminated both groundwater and surface water in some areas. These synthetic chemicals may also be found in the air, soil, and sediment, and they have been detected in the blood of both humans and wildlife. Because of the possible adverse effects that PFC contamination poses to humans, there has been some noteworthy litigation across the nation. If you believe that you may have suffered harm because of exposure to PFCs, you should talk to a Traverse City or Grand Rapids PFC contamination lawyer at the Neumann Law Group. We represent families and individuals who have been victims of dangerous products ranging from faulty consumer products to defective medical devices.
The effects of PFC contamination are still emerging. Some medical conditions that may have a possible link to exposure include reproductive issues, birth defects, low birth weight in infants, thyroid issues, increased cholesterol levels, increased uric acid levels, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or a weakened immune system. People who have experienced any of these medical issues after being exposed to PFC contamination in a water system could potentially have a product liability case or another claim against the maker of the product in which the PFC was found (or the company that released the PFCs, if they were a byproduct of the manufacturing process).Litigation Stemming from PFC Contamination
While most product liability cases are brought on behalf of an individual victim of a defective or unreasonably dangerous product, some cases are more effectively brought in the form of “mass tort” litigation. In such a case, there may be many potential victims of the wrongdoing alleged against the defendant, and there may be a possibility that some of the harm is not yet known. Such cases must still comply with the rules established for the timely filing of claims, such as the statute of limitations or statute of repose. In some cases, there may also be a requirement of notice to a governmental entity if a government employee or agency is accused of negligence. A PFC contamination attorney at our Traverse City and Grand Rapids firm can help you untangle the procedural complexities of your specific case.
Products may be deemed defective when they are inherently dangerous (design defects), manufactured incorrectly (manufacturing defects), or marketed improperly (failure to warn). The manufacturer, the wholesaler, and the seller are all potentially liable in a product liability case. With regard to claims made as a result of injuries caused by PFC contamination in a water system, there may be other types of legal theories as well, particularly if a certain manufacturer knowingly released potentially toxic chemicals into the air or local water supply. Product liability cases can be very complex and sometimes take years to resolve. Experts must be consulted, the plaintiffs’ injuries must be documented, and discovery must be conducted. Ultimately, our Traverse City and Grand Rapids PFC contamination attorneys can try the case to a jury if a fair settlement cannot be negotiated out of court.Consult an Experienced Injury Lawyer in Michigan About a PFC Contamination Claim
At the Neumann Law Group, we represent people who have suffered injuries or lost a loved one to a wrongful death due to the negligence, recklessness, or other wrongdoing of a corporate defendant. In addition to mass tort litigation and claims arising from defective consumer products, we also handle product liability lawsuits involving medical devices and dangerous drugs. For a free appointment to discuss your case, you can call us at 800-525-6386 or contact us online. We serve Ann Arbor, Flint, Lansing, Muskegon, Midland, Holland, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Wyoming, Saginaw, Warren, Petoskey, and areas throughout the Upper Peninsula. You do not need to pay our fees unless we recover compensation for you, so you should not hesitate to explore your options with a PFC contamination lawyer at our Grand Rapids and Traverse City firm.