Environmental Tort

Nationwide PFAS Claims

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The Downs Law Group represents people who have been hurt by exposure to toxic or potentially toxic substances. We have worked with exposures to a variety of different chemicals, including PFAS, benzene, dioxins, arsenic, lead, among others. Our attorneys are retained experts at the forefront of their fields on scientific, environmental, medical, and property value issues.

We are typically appointed as lead counsel or co-lead to represent large groups of plaintiffs in lawsuits. We litigate all types of environmental toxic tort lawsuits, including class actions, in courtrooms and appellate courts. We have experience with the most catastrophic environmental impact lawsuits in the United States— the BP oil spill—and we have also successfully litigated toxic tort mass actions in jury trials.

Now more than ever, individuals are vulnerable to all kinds of chemical exposures, such as from contaminated drinking water, airborne chemical leaks, waste or chemical spills, through seepage from landfills, dumpsites, and power plants, among others. Regardless of the source, you should be entitled to compensation and the Downs Law Group is here to fight for you. Every day, attorneys at the Downs Law Group fight to hold environmental polluters accountable for the harm they do to individuals and their loved ones.

If you or a loved one has been injured and you believe you may have a legal claim, please contact us today for a free case review.

Toxic Exposure Claims

Assisting individuals who have been exposed to PFAS in occupational settings, such as firefighters, factory workers, or military personnel, in pursuing claims for compensation for health issues resulting from their exposure.

Environmental Pollution Lawsuits

Representing communities, municipalities, or environmental groups affected by PFAS contamination in groundwater, surface water, or soil, and seeking damages for the cleanup costs and harm caused to the environment.

Product Liability Claims

Taking action against manufacturers and distributors of products that contain PFAS, such as firefighting foams and firefighting gear, if their products have caused harm or contributed to environmental contamination.

Class Action Lawsuits

Pursuing legal action on behalf of a group of individuals who have been affected by PFAS contamination, seeking compensation for damages and medical expenses.

Personal Injury Claims

Representing individuals who have suffered health issues or injuries due to exposure to PFAS-contaminated drinking water, air, or other sources.

Firefighter & Military PFAS Claims

We seek justice against the manufacturers of PFAS for firefighters and military service members, along with their families, who have been affected by 'forever chemicals' found in turnout gear, firefighting foam, contaminated water, and more.

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"We passionately advocate for those who have been affected by PFAS contamination. As an attorney specializing in environmental tort claims, I am committed to holding chemical manufacturers accountable for their actions. This fight is not just about obtaining compensation — it's about justice, public health, and protecting our environment for future generations.

Scope of Legal Services

Have you been exposed to PFAS in the environment you live and work?

Serving those affected nationwide, we represent individuals, and their surviving family members, who have fallen ill due to the below:

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PFAS Contaminated Water

We advocate for residents and their families who have fallen ill due to  'forever chemicals' (PFAS) being present in their water supply, fighting for justice and rightful compensation on their behalf.

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BP Oil Spill Medical Claims

The Deepwater Horizon's ongoing impact drives our mission at The Downs Law Group. Operating across Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and the Gulf Coast, we secure medical expense compensation for those harmed. Having witnessed firsthand the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, our Southern roots deepen our resolve to aid recovery workers and affected communities. We operate on a no-win, no-fee basis and provide free initial consultations.

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Turnout Gear

We fight for those suffering from illnesses linked to 'forever chemicals' (PFAS) found in firefighting gear that can seep into firefighters' skin through sweat and other exposure routes, posing serious health risks over time.

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AFFF Firefighting Foam

Regular exposure to certain firefighting foams containing PFAS can result in these 'forever chemicals' accumulating in firefighters' bodies, potentially leading to serious health complications over time.

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Veteran PFAS Exposure

The Downs Law Group is committed to serving those who've served our nation. We represent veterans and their families suffering from exposure to 'forever chemicals' (PFAS) during their time in the military.

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PFAS Lawsuit FAQ

There are many questions regarding pursuing PFAS litigation. Here are some common questions and answers many ask our attorneys:

Are PFAS harmful?

Yes, research suggests that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse health outcomes, including cancer, immune system effects, fertility issues, and developmental problems in children. It's important to remember that the exact health risks can depend on various factors, including the type and duration of exposure.

Who makes PFAS?

PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of man-made chemicals produced by several companies. Major producers have included DuPont, 3M, Chemours, and Corteva.

How much PFAS is dangerous?

The exact level of PFAS that can cause harm isn't firmly established. However, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA and PFOS, two common types of PFAS, in drinking water.

What is PFAS vs PFOA? Or PFAS vs PFOS?

PFAS is a broad category of chemicals, while PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) are specific types of PFAS. Both PFOA and PFOS have been widely used because of their ability to repel water and grease, and they've been linked to a range of health issues.

How does PFAS get into the body?

PFAS can enter the body through various routes, including consuming contaminated water or food, inhaling dust containing PFAS, or through skin contact with PFAS-containing products, including certain types of firefighting foam.

How does PFAS get into water?

PFAS can get into water through industrial releases, leakage from waste disposal sites, or runoff from firefighting foam use, particularly at military bases and airports.

Can PFAS be filtered out of water?

Yes, certain types of filters, including activated carbon filters and reverse osmosis systems, can be effective in removing some PFAS from water. However, not all filters can remove all types of PFAS.

Can PFAS be removed from the body?

PFAS are known as "forever chemicals" because they don't break down naturally and can remain in the body for many years. There's currently no known method for effectively removing PFAS from the body.

PFAS what are they?

PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used in a range of products, from non-stick cookware to firefighting foam, since the 1940s. They are highly durable and resistant to heat, water, and oil.

What does PFAS stand for?

PFAS stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a group of thousands of synthetic chemicals known for their durability and resistance to heat, water, and oil.

Why are PFAS forever chemicals?

PFAS are called "forever chemicals" because they don't break down naturally, and they can remain in the environment and in the body for many years.

What are PFAS symptoms?

Exposure to PFAS can lead to various symptoms and health issues, including changes in liver function, increased cholesterol levels, decreased fertility, and increased risk of certain cancers. To see if a medical condition applies, call The Downs Law Group for a free review of your case.

What does PFAS mean?

PFAS is an acronym for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a group of synthetic chemicals used in various industries around the globe since the 1940s.

What is a PFAS lawsuit?

A PFAS lawsuit is a legal action taken by individuals, communities, or entities against manufacturers or users of PFAS for causing harm through exposure to these chemicals. For example, The Downs Law Group is actively involved in such lawsuits, representing firefighters, veterans, and residents who have been exposed to PFAS.

Is PFAS in firefighter gear and firefighting foam?

Yes, PFAS has been used in the production of firefighting foam and certain types of firefighter gear due to its fire-resistant properties.

Does PFAS cause cancer in firefighters?

Research suggests a possible link between PFAS exposure and increased risk of certain types of cancer, including kidney and testicular cancer. Firefighters can be at risk due to the use of PFAS in firefighting foam and gear.

What is PFAS in water?

PFAS in water refers to the contamination of water sources, like drinking water or groundwater, with PFAS chemicals. This often occurs near industrial sites, military bases, or airports where PFAS were used or disposed of.

What is the Vet PFAS Act?

The Vet PFAS Act, or the Veterans Exposed to Toxic PFAS Act, is proposed legislation that aims to provide healthcare and benefits to veterans and their families who were exposed to PFAS at military installations.

When does PFAS VA Disability apply?

PFAS VA Disability would apply when a veteran's health condition is directly linked to PFAS exposure during their military service. As of now, the VA is still studying the link between PFAS exposure and specific health conditions. Contact our VA-Accredited Attorneys today for a free review of your claim to discuss your legal options today.

Which military bases have PFAS contamination?

Several military bases across the United States have reported PFAS contamination, often due to the use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams. These include bases in states like Michigan, Colorado, Alaska, and more.


Exposure to PFAS and pursuing lawsuits against those who manufacture it can be difficult. It is important to remember that you do not have to face these issues alone. Our experienced environmental tort lawyers are here to assist you in navigating the legal system and protecting your rights. Whether you are a firefighter, veteran, or exposed resident, we are committed to providing high-quality legal representation to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Do not wait any longer, contact The Downs Law Group today to schedule a free case consultation and learn about your legal options.