AFFF firefighter claims

AFFF firefighter claims video

Aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, is a type of fire-suppressant foam used for fighting high-hazard flammable liquid fires (Class B). Although AFFF is very effective in extinguishing Class B fires and saving human lives, it has recently been determined to be highly toxic as it contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Increasing scientific and medical evidence back up our medical research team that shows that exposure to PFOA and PFOS - the most well-studied PFAS to date - through AFFF is related to kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, bladder cancer, liver cancer, and prostate cancer. If you suspect that your cancer, or another serious medical condition, was caused by exposure to AFFF, get in touch with our expert attorneys who will help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.

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Firefighters are at high risk of AFFF exposure - Qualifying diseases

People living on military bases are at risk of AFFF exposure

International studies on firefighters confirmed that they are at increased risk of testicular cancer, which can even be considered an occupational disease for firefighters.

Besides accumulating in the blood of exposed individuals, PFAS accumulate throughout life especially in the liver and kidneys, increasing the risk of developing cancer and other serious diseases.

Firefighters were never told about the health consequences of AFFF and no one made much effort to stop it from escaping into the environment. The following are the diseases qualifying for filing a claim with the manufacturers of AFFF:

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 PFAS may affect the immune system and increase the risk of cancer.

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 a "possible carcinogenic to humans", based on evidence of bladder cancer from studies in factory workers exposed to PFOA.

Exposure to AFFF any time as a firefighter after 1960 might be sufficient to become eligible. Obviously, the better cases will have more exposure, but the toxicity of the chemicals is such that even minimal direct exposure on a semi-regular basis can cause harm.

Who can be harmed by the fire suppressant AFFF?

AFFF health risks

The most studied toxic chemicals in AFFF are perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Originally produced by 3M, these compounds have been used in manufacturing all kinds of chemical products.

Although efficient, PFAS have unique properties that cause them to persist, accumulate in the blood and body of people exposed to them, are also extremely persistent in the environment, and likely have toxic effects on human health.

Those most affected by exposure to AFFF are firefighters who worked in:

The U.S. military used AFFF during firefighter training and during emergencies. AFFF containing PFAS has also been used in various ways by the U.S. Navy, and other branches of the military, since 1960.

Therefore, individuals at the greatest risk of harm from AFFF are the firefighters who use it, Air Force personnel who were directly exposed to it, those who manufacture the foam, and people living near military bases where AFFF was used.

Firefighting foam and toxic exposure on military bases

Firefighting foam and toxic exposure on military bases

What is most concerning about AFFF-impacted sites is the fact that PFASs have contaminated military sites and surrounding communities. In Alabama for example, people are familiar with the Dupont litigation regarding the environmental pollution from the facility manufacturing PFAS.

Recently, more than 40 classes of PFAS were identified at essentially every AFFF-impacted military site that was investigated.

Pending claims allege that the liable companies have each designed, manufactured, and distributed AFFF containing PFAS in such a way as to cause the contamination and the resultant bioaccumulation of PFAS in the blood and body of many individuals. AFFFs containing PFAS have contaminated the soil at various military bases, airports, and other sites where the foams were used, eventually causing a wide range of health risks, property damage, and/or other economic losses.

Quality legal assistance for AFFF-contaminated victims

If you, or a loved one, have been harmed by exposure to the PFAS in the fire suppressant AFFF, and later diagnosed with a linkable cancer you have the right to hold the manufacturers accountable for the harm they 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 personal injury claims to fight for victims of AFFF contamination. Our knowledgeable, dedicated lawyers have experience with all types of environmental toxic exposure cases. Our firm serves on the Plaintiffs Executive Committee for nationwide litigation and is heavily involved in working with other lawyers from around the country.

Holding AFFF manufacturers responsible for harm caused by their products

AFFF manufacturers

When a product is designed and marketed as a safe 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.

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

The underlying chemical, PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), was developed in the 1950s. AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) was commercially used beginning in the early 1970s.

Some manufacturers began to phase it out in the early 2000s, but it seems the replacement foam has similar problems.

The AFFF products were designed, marketed, manufactured, distributed, and sold by one or more of the following companies named as defendants in current legal processes:

3M and the other chemical companies are currently facing a growing number of personal injury claims 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.

We serve veterans diagnosed with cancer following 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 toxic 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 mentioned above and feel you were exposed to AFFF at one of the bases listed on the Pentagon’s report, you may be eligible for compensation from the VA or from the manufacturer of the product. If you have been harmed by toxic AFFF exposure give us a call to discuss your legal options.

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