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How does Aqueous Fire Fighting Foam (AFFF) work?

AFFF has been used for the last 50 years to extinguish class B fires by both civilian and military firefighters, as it is very effective. However, it contains PFOS and PFOA, two groups of dangerous chemicals.

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How AFFF(aqueous film-forming foam) extinguishers work?

For the last 50 years, aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, has been used by civilian and military firefighters to extinguish class B fires, namely fires that are caused by flammable liquids such as gasoline, petroleum greases, tars, oils, solvents, and alcohols. Because it contains a significant amount of water, as well as other substances, it is very effective in putting out fires. However, PFOS and PFOA, two groups of toxic chemicals, are present in AFFF, which is why prolonged exposure may lead, over the years, to the development of serious diseases, such as kidney cancer or prostate cancer. Thereby, firefighters and military personnel who regularly used AFFF and came to suffer from a related disease are eligible for compensation from the manufacturers which produced it.

Recovering compensation for diseases caused by AFFF

In the unfortunate event that you developed a form of cancer as a consequence of AFFF exposure in occupational or military settings, you are entitled to financial compensation. A lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases will help you file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the AFFF you were exposed to so that you will receive the maximum compensation possible for your injury. Your involvement in the legal process will be minimal, as you will only have to provide your attorney with your employment or military records, as well as with your medical records, which will be used as evidence of AFFF exposure and of related diagnosis. If you are a veteran, your lawyer will also file a claim for disability compensation with the VA. Eventually, you will recover the compensation you deserve, which will also help you afford better healthcare and treatment.

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