Startling findings from a recent study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) revealed the prevalence of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in the nation’s tap water. In an effort to detect 32 types of PFAS, the study found that at least 45 percent of the country’s tap water contains one or more of these concerning chemicals. If you’ve been diagnosed with certain health conditions after drinking contaminated tap water, you may be eligible to file a claim.

Understanding PFAS

PFAS encompasses a diverse group of synthetic chemicals with wide-ranging applications, including their use in fast-food box linings, non-stick cookware and fire-fighting foams. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that high concentrations of specific PFAS can pose adverse health risks to humans. Due to their remarkably slow breakdown in the environment, PFAS are considered “forever chemicals.”

The USGS American tap water study

The USGS study is the first nationwide study that compares PFAS contamination levels in tap water, derived from both private wells and government-regulated public water supplies. By collecting samples directly from kitchen sinks across the country, the study offered important insights into the extent of PFAS contamination.

The study’s findings demonstrate the widespread presence of PFAS contamination throughout the United States: 45 percent of the nation’s tap water contains one or more PFAS chemicals. Particularly impacted regions include the Great Plains, Great Lakes, Eastern Seaboard and Central/Southern California. These results support previous research, specifically that there is a heightened likelihood of PFAS exposure for urban dwellers.

Health implications of consuming PFAS-contaminated water

Recent years have brought a surge in reports documenting the environmental and human health impacts associated with PFAS. Studies have established connections between exposure to specific PFAS and a variety of adverse health effects, such as disruptions in immune and thyroid function, liver disease, dysregulation of lipids and insulin, kidney disease, adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes and cancer.

If you have experienced health problems as a result of consuming PFAS-contaminated water, the Law Offices of Tim Misny may be able to provide assistance. Learn more about the criteria for a PFAS-related lawsuit on our website—then schedule a consultation to learn more about potential legal options. You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses and related damages.

Talk to an Ohio PFAS injury lawyer today

The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you with your PFAS claim. If you or a loved one were harmed due to a contaminated water supply, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (877) 614-9524 so that I can evaluate your case right away.

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