Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) is a synthetic chemical used in many manufacturing and industrial processes. The substance can be used in products to treat surfaces in order to repel oil, grease, and water and has been used on non-stick coatings used for cooking. PFOA persists indefinitely in the environment and is found in most people in the United States. The use of PFOA by major manufacturers has reduced in recent years due to environmental and health concerns.
There are no conclusive studies on how PFOA can harm individuals. The government has identified the substance as toxic and a likely carcinogenic. Due to its persistence in the environment and in people, there are concerns raised as to the potential harm it could cause.
Anyone who has been exposed to PFOA may commence what is called a toxic tort action or toxic tort litigation in state or federal courts, as appropriate. In toxic tort litigation, it is alleged that an individual has become harmed as a result of exposure to toxic mold. Lawsuits are filed as a result of actual personal injuries, fear or future injury, or property damage related to exposure to a potentially toxic substance. Exposure occurs at certain concentrations for certain periods of time. In cases that involve medical monitoring of health effects, litigation may be necessary in order to insure that exposed persons’ medical bills are paid, that they are reimbursed for damages (including out of pocket costs), personal injury, and—where warranted—punitive damages. Exposed persons must be able to rely on experienced legal counsel to protect their rights.
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