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Posted on July 10th, 2020
Because AFFF is very effective in extinguishing class B fires, both civilian and military firefighters are still using the product, despite knowing that it contains two groups of carcinogenic substances, namely PFOS and PFOA. These groups of chemicals can also infiltrate drinking water, thereby endangering the health of residents over the years.
Since 1970, aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, has been used to extinguish class B fires by both civilian and military firefighters. However, AFFF contains PFOS and PFOA, two groups of chemicals which are carcinogenic to humans. Thereby, frequent exposure to AFFF can lead to the development of terrible diseases such as pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer and prostate cancer. While companies are aware that the PFOS and PFOA present in AFFF can cause serious health problems, they still continue to employ it in their products, as it is very effective for putting out a wide range of fires. The PFOS and PFOA released by the use of AFFF can easily infiltrate drinking water, therefore endangering the lives of residents. However, at the beginning of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency compiled a list of 8 carcinogenic agents, among which there were PFOS and PFOA, which they are planning to regulate in drinking water by establishing a permissible, safe limit. Meanwhile, some companies are struggling to come up with non-toxic alternatives to AFFF.
Currently, AFFF is used by both civilian and military firefighters to extinguish fires which are caused by flammable liquids and gases, which refers to fires which stem from the following substances:
It is worthy of note that AFFF is also used in military training, which can greatly endanger the health of the people who are employing it, as exposure is very frequent. For this reason, both civilian and military firefighters have a high risk of developing a serious disease over the decades, as the diseases caused by exposure to the PFOS and PFOA in AFFF have a long latency period. They are often asymptomatic until they reach a very advanced stage, which takes a heavy toll on the prognosis of the patient, as well as on their life quality. Therefore, we strongly recommend firefighters to regularly undergo medical examination, as they are very susceptible to develop a disease from the constant exposure to AFFF. Furthermore, the PFOS and PFOA in AFFF are known as "forever contaminants", which means that once they are released in the environment, they persist, creating a health hazard for the people who live in close proximity to polluted areas.
Prolonged exposure to AFFF can cause a wide range of cancers, as the PFOS and PFOA are classified by health organizations as "possible carcinogens". Nevertheless, there are numerous studies which support the causal relation between exposure to PFOS and PFOA and a series of malignant diseases. The following are only some of the diseases frequent exposure to AFFF can lead to over the years:
It is important to keep in mind that these diseases require several years or even several decades to develop, as the PFOS and PFOA in the body slowly causes damage to the organ they reach through the bloodstream. According to estimates, over 20% of firefighters will develop a disease as a consequence of frequent exposure to AFFF.
If you are a civilian or military firefighter who has been regularly using AFFF to extinguish fires and came to struggle with cancer as a result of exposure, we strongly advise you to contact our law firm, as our attorneys specialize in pursuing compensation for the victims of toxic exposure. With over 25 years of professional experience, they will help you file a lawsuit against all the companies whose harmful products you have been using in the workplace. While the legal process is very complex and tedious, your involvement will be minimal, as our legal experts will take care of every aspect on your behalf.
All you have to do is contact our law firm and, after a discussion during which you thoroughly explain your situation, our attorneys will begin working on your lawsuit. By filing a lawsuit against all the companies responsible for your exposure, you are bound to recover the maximum compensation you qualify for. Finally, it is important to keep in mind that toxic exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years in the majority of states, which should make taking legal action a priority for you. It is ideal to seek legal assistance as soon as you receive your diagnosis. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not owe our law firm any money unless we obtain financial compensation on your behalf. After we recover compensation for you, we will keep between 33% and 40% of the money you are entitled to in exchange for our legal assistance and representation.
Our law firm currently represents the largest water supplier of the nation with regard to contaminated drinking water in several states. Furthermore, we represent thousands of firefighters alleging exposure to AFFF which caused a variety of cancers including kidney, testicular, pancreatic and liver cancer. The science is rapidly expanding as we learn the true harm of these chemicals. Moreover, our law firm serves on the Plaintiffs Executive Committee for the nationwide litigation and is heavily involved working with other lawyers from around the country.