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Faraci Lange is currently working with Williams Cuker Berezofsky to investigate bringing a lawsuit against one or more companies believed to be responsible for certain cancers and other illnesses caused by the Hoosick Falls water contamination, where residents have unknowingly been drinking water contaminated with PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid).
Hoosick is a town in central Upstate New York, with over 6,500 residents. Most adversely affected by the water contamination have been residents of the Hoosick Falls section of town, where more than half of the population lives. The potential lawsuit would seek compensation for the residents in the area that may have been harmed by the Hoosick Falls water contamination.
PFOA has been linked to testicular cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid disease, bone density reduction, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis and pregnancy-induced hypertension.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2009 provisional health advisory, people should not drink water or use it for cooking if it contains more than 400 parts per trillion (ppt) of PFOA. In June 2015, the EPA found that four out of five water samples collected from various locations within the public drinking water supply system in Hoosick Falls had more than 600 ppt of PFOA. Additionally, groundwater sampling in 2015 at the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility found levels as high as 18,000 ppt. Some private wells in the area have also shown the presence of PFOA, though not at levels above 400 ppt.
The New York State Public Health Department recently recommended residents use bottled water instead of tap. The EPA also advised Hoosick residents to avoid municipal public water for drinking or cooking and cautioned that showering or bathing in it could pose a health risk.
Hoosick Falls Water Contamination Lawsuit
A PFOA water contamination lawsuit will likely include demands for ongoing medical monitoring of Hoosick residents in addition to compensation for nuisance, diminution in the value of their real property and, for those sickened, the costs of medical treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Faraci Lange has fought some of the world's largest corporations to obtain the most compensation possible for innocent victims of toxic contamination and corporate irresponsibility. Our acclaimed trial attorneys, qualified staff of nurses and paralegals and extensive experience in these types of cases make Faraci Lange uniquely suited to successfully take on the most complex toxic exposure cases.