Chemicals known as PFAS that are present in firefighters protective gear, as well as nonstick pans, are linked to cancer and causing overall health defects in many fire fighters and others who have been exposed to the gear. These chemicals are used to protect firefighters from fire, water, and oils. Many cases have been brought against the manufacturers of this type of protective gear on the basis that the PFAS in the gear are in such high quantities and the manufacturers did not provide enough information about the nature of this type of chemical.
PFAS that are present in large quantities can be linked to cancer. Additionally, PFAS chemicals migrate throughout different environments, meaning they can travel from gear through inhalation or consumption and stay in the body for a long period of time.
Identifying the cause of sickness or cancer can be difficult, especially when trying to pinpoint something as specific as a piece of work equipment. If you are a firefighter, follow these tips to staying healthy when using protective equipment:
- Get checked regularly: Seeing a regular physician is crucial to know the state of your health. It is recommended that you see a physician annually.
- Leave all protective gear at the fire station: Making sure that you do not bring home any of the chemicals associated with the protective equipment you wear is essential to ensuring the safety of you and your family. Being in close contact with PFAS can result in serious illness.
- Only wear your protective equipment when necessary: Using protective equipment is necessary when in the presence of fire, smoke or water, but outside of those situations it is recommended that you remove any unnecessary gear. Staying in close contact with PFAS can have long-term detrimental effects.
These health claims are legitimate claims, and the people affected by the claims deserve fair compensation. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer or another serious health condition that may be linked to the PFAS that are in firefighter protective gear, hiring an attorney who knows the legal process surrounding medical claims against a manufacturer can be beneficial to you. The lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. are dedicated to providing you with the best possible outcome and will fight for the right to fair compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call (815) 929-9292 or visit one of our three Spiros Law, P.C. offices located in Champaign, Danville, or Kankakee.