How long does the legal process take in a case of AFFF exposure?

Because toxic exposure cases are complex and demanding, often involving multiple plaintiffs and defendants, the waiting time is difficult to impossible to predict, but it usually takes several years to reach a resolution.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

Each case involving AFFF exposure is unique and entails a different level of difficulty

The legal process in toxic exposure cases is very complex, tedious, and challenging, as the attorney and their legal team have to work hard to prepare your claim for submission and gather additional evidence from their database to support it. Consequently, we cannot tell you with certainty how long you will have to wait until you receive the money you qualify for from the liable AFFF companies. The waiting time highly depends on factors such as the following:

  • the number of AFFF manufacturers your claim is filed with
  • how many claims the AFFF companies have to deal with at that moment
  • your diagnosis, as very serious diseases such as cancer may entail a shorter waiting time
  • if you filed a wrongful claim as a surviving family member, which will take longer

Therefore, considering the numerous factors involved in a toxic exposure claim, you should expect to wait several years when it comes to timing. While we cannot tell you for sure how long you will have to wait until you obtain compensation from the liable AFFF companies, you will be kept up to date regarding the progress of your case regularly by our legal team, and they will also let you know when your case is approaching resolution.

You should keep in mind that your AFFF claim takes so long to result in financial compensation because our lawyers work hard and do all in their power to get the largest sum of money you deserve. Preparing a toxic exposure claim, as well as the documents and the evidence that must accompany it, is extremely time-consuming, and we ourselves have to wait for the responses of other parties and entities to get your claim moving forward. However, we can assure you that the waiting time is worth it, as the compensation you will receive will help you tremendously.

There are a few documents you will have to send our legal team to file a claim

The vast majority of toxic exposure cases are complex and demanding. This is because they require solid and pertinent evidence to support the connection between exposure to the harmful agent and the diagnosis of the victim.

Cases involving exposure to AFFF are no exception, as most firefighters who worked with the fire suppressant develop a disease several years or even decades after their first exposure to it. As a result, there will be many documents necessary to ensure a successful outcome.

However, if you decide to file a claim for AFFF exposure with the help of a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure, you will only have to provide them with the following documents, as the remaining will be efficiently taken care of by their legal team:

  • your employment records, if your exposure was occupational
  • your military records, if you were exposed in the military
  • your medical records, which must state your diagnosis that is related to AFFF exposure

Our attorneys will attend to documents such as the complaint, the summons, and the counterclaim since your participation in the legal process will be minimal if you choose to work with our resourceful legal team. We are aware of how much distress, pain, and suffering having a harrowing disease such as cancer is, which is why we will make sure you will have the time you need to rest and undergo treatment.

Our attorneys will help you get compensation if you are a victim of AFFF exposure

Alarmingly, the leading cause of death among both civilian and military firefighters at the moment is cancer. This has a strong correlation with the use of AFFF to extinguish class B fires.

Firefighters wear protective gear on the job. Nevertheless, they are exposed to AFFF from it as well, and the equipment they wear contains PFAS, the chemicals that make it dangerous. Firefighters have a 9% higher risk of developing cancer and a 14% higher risk of dying of cancer than the general population.

If you worked with AFFF as a firefighter and developed a disease that may be related to toxic exposure, such as prostate cancer, lymphoma, or pancreatic cancer, you should contact our law firm, as we specialize in toxic exposure. We will be able to help you get the money you deserve for your suffering from the responsible manufacturers of AFFF. As previously mentioned, there are only basic documents you will have to send us, and we will subsequently dig deeper in our database to find additional evidence.

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