Will a Recent Discovery Lead to More PFAS Lawsuits?

by | Jun 16, 2022 | Environmental Law

Recently, scientists have linked per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to an increase in liver disease. While scientists linked exposure to PFAS chemicals with a host of other health problems of concern, this report means that even more illnesses can potentially be attributable to these “forever chemicals.”

How are PFAS Chemicals Used?

PFAS are chemicals that have been commonly used in products widely available in the U.S. and almost every American has had exposure to them at some point. Their primary use is as part of heat, oil, and grease retardants in numerous products, including clothes, non-stick cooking surfaces, and food packaging.

Additionally, PFAS are considered forever chemicals because they do not readily break down in the environment. Scientists can find PFAS in almost every environment on the planet, especially in the United States.

How Do PFAS Chemicals Cause Liver Damage?

The research indicates that PFAS chemicals have the potential to cause a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This condition affects millions of Americans and can have a seriously negative impact on an individual’s health and lifestyle. A person with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease must make significant changes, including:

  • Abstention from alcohol
  • Increased exercise
  • Modified diet
  • Treatment with medication

If the condition worsens, there is even a possibility that major surgery or even a liver transplant may be necessary. These are serious consequences.

PFAS Production Companies May Face Significant Risk

As this report becomes more widely distributed, it may become the basis for numerous lawsuits against manufacturers. With the ubiquity of PFAS chemicals and the uptick in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease cases, there is great potential for significant litigation.