According to the investigative report by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the AstroTurf field used at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, which was produced by Monsanto, contained 16 different types of forever chemicals or PFAS, known to cause a range of health diseases, including cancer. While there are still studies to be conducted and research to be concluded, it is believed that repeated exposure to the AstroTurf could be the cause of glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer that took the lives of six former Phillies baseballers in recent years. The reporters found that Phillies players who played at the Vet between 1971 and 2003 were roughly 300% more likely to be diagnosed with brain cancer than the average man of the same age and health.
The investigators obtained samples of the AstroTurf through a promotional auction and sent them to Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental Testing. Separate researchers at the University of Notre Dame also obtained samples and ran their own lab tests. Both tests found high levels of PFAS “forever chemicals” in the AstroTurf samples.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have long considered PFAS chemicals as possible carcinogens or substances that can cause cancer in humans. A direct link between PFAS exposure and glioblastoma has not been confirmed, though, partially because the researchers only learned that Monsanto-made AstroTurf contained PFAS chemicals in 2019. More time will be needed to research the brain cancer rates and causes of former Phillies stars.
(You can learn more about the possible link between brain cancer and AstroTurf by clicking here and reading a full article by The Philadelphia Inquirer.)
PFAS Exposure Lawsuits for Injured Workers
The recent investigation into the deaths of six former Philadelphia Phillies players who died from brain cancer highlights the importance of understanding the risks of exposure to harmful chemicals in the workplace. If you or a loved one has been exposed to PFAS chemicals at work and suffered injuries or illnesses, you may be entitled to compensation under New Jersey's worker's compensation laws. Benefits owed to you can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Additionally, if a worker passes away due to chemical exposure, their family may also be entitled to compensation instead.
At Levinson Axelrod, we understand the devastating impact of workplace injuries and illnesses, such as cancer caused by chemical exposure. Our team of experienced lawyers is dedicated to helping workers and their families in New Jersey get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.