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Aqueous film forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, is a type of fire-suppressant foam commonly used for fighting high-hazard flammable liquid fires. Although AFFF is the most effective way to combat Class B fires and save human lives, recently has been determined to be highly toxic as it contains PFOA and PFOS. Increasing scientific and medical evidence back up our medical research team that shows that exposure to PFOA and PFOS through AFFF are related to kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and testicular cancer. If you suspect that your cancer or another medical condition was caused by exposure to AFFF, get in touch with our specialized attorneys who will help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.

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Who Can Be Harmed By The Fire Suppressant AFFF?

The core problem with AFFF consists in perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Originally produced by 3M, these compounds have been used in manufacturing all kinds of chemical products. However, they are well-known for being extremely persistent in the environment and likely dangerous to human health.

Affected individuals and families may have spent time in or around the following areas:

Individuals at greatest risk of harm from AFFF are those who manufacture the foam, firefighters who use it and Air Force personnel who have direct chemical exposure. The U.S. military uses AFFF during firefighter training and during emergencies. In the case of equipment testing, various practices were used by the U.S. Navy and other branches of the military, since 1960.

Firefighting Foam and Groundwater Contamination

Within the context of AFFF-impacted sites, most concerns about PFASs arise due to the contamination of groundwater and municipal water supplies that may be used as drinking water.

Recently, more than 40 classes of PFASs were identified in groundwater at essentially every AFFF-impacted site investigated.

Consequently, direct ingestion of drinking water that is contaminated through direct AFFF runoff can also be an important exposure pathway, harming individuals even though they never had direct contact with the substance.

The pending lawsuits against 3M, Tyco Fire Products, Chemguard, Buckeye Fire Equipment, and National Foam, allege that AFFFs containing PFOS and PFAS contaminated groundwater at various military bases, airports and other sites where the foams were used, eventually causing a wide range of health risk, property damage and/or other economic losses.

Quality Legal Assistance for AFFF Contaminated Victims

If you or a loved one have been harmed by the fire suppressant AFFF, and later diagnosed with kidney, testicular, or pancreatic cancer, you have the right to hold the manufacturer accountable for the harm it caused and receive compensation for your injuries. While no amount of money can erase the pain you suffer, the compensation can ease the financial burdens associated with the injury and potentially hold the negligent entity responsible for its actions. Environmental Litigation Group P.C. has filed a number of lawsuits to fight for victims of AFFF contamination. Our knowledgeable, dedicated lawyers have experience with all types of environmental toxic tort cases, including water contamination.

Serious AFFF Exposure Risks

Health organizations such as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Cancer Society (ACS) and U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) have found that certain PFOS and PFAS may affect the immune system and increase the risk of cancer. Our industrial hygienists and medical research team came to the same conclusion. The EPA has classified the chemicals in the foam products as ‘emerging contaminants’, meaning that the health hazards and environmental risks associated with AFFF are significant.

Recently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified PFOA as ‘possible carcinogenic to humans’, based on evidence of bladder cancer from studies in factory workers exposed to PFOA. Cancers associated with AFFF include:

Holding Manufacturers Responsible for Harms Caused by Their Products

When a product is designed and marketed as a safety one, the last thing it should do is harm you. But when a manufacturer misrepresents the safety of its products, this raises the question of whether the manufacturer tested the product appropriately or knowingly released it to the public with a defect.

Within the context of AFFF foam products, it seems that chemical manufacturers deliberately ignored evidence of the harmful effects resulting from toxic chemicals to the detriment of military personnel, firefighters, private citizens, and the environment.

Many chemical manufacturing companies like 3M, are currently facing a growing number of lawsuits over chemical-based firefighting foam sold for more than 50 years and used extensively at U.S. military bases, airports and other industrial sites around the country. In order to protect our environment and ensure the restoration of damaged natural resources, we must hold responsible the manufacturers who knew of the dangers of these products.

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We Serve Veterans Diagnosed with Kidney, Pancreatic or Testicular Cancer Due to AFFF Exposure

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has accepted that veterans may have been affected by exposure to PFOS and PFOA. The department has added the chemicals to its list of possible military exposures and asks veterans to report any health problems associated with exposure to the fire-fighting foam in military facilities. If you are a veteran who has experienced one of the conditions above and feel you were exposed to contaminated groundwater at one of the bases listed on the Pentagon’s report, you may be eligible for compensation from the VA or a class action lawsuit. Class action lawsuits are filed with product liability and toxic tort attorneys, arguing that the AFFF firefighting foam used on many military and air force bases contain PFOA and PFOS, toxins linked to groundwater contamination and significant health issues. If you have been harmed by toxic AFFF exposure give us a call to discuss your legal options.

Common Questions

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, people can be exposed to PFAS / PFOS every day by consuming contaminated water, swallowing contaminated soil or dust and even inhaling household dust.

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If you suspect that your cancer was caused by exposure to AFFF, you can explore your legal options with an experienced toxic tort lawyer.

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Factors affecting compensation depend on the severity and circumstances of the exposure. Diagnosis of the condition associated with AFFF exposure is one of the primary factors used to start the case.

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