There are over 1.1 million volunteer and career firefighters throughout the country, out of which approximately 20% develop cancer as a result of AFFF exposure
Aqueous film-forming foam, commonly know as AFFF, has been used by firefighters both during training and on the job since 1970, as it is very effective in extinguishing petroleum and jet fuel fires. However, AFFF contains two groups of toxic chemicals, namely PFOS and PFOA. Prolonged exposure to PFOS and PFOA can lead to terrible diseases over the years, such as leukemia, bladder cancer, lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, and kidney cancer. It is estimated that 20% of firefighters come to struggle with a disease as a result of frequent exposure to AFFF. Nevertheless, it is important to know that it takes several years of exposure for a firefighter to develop a form of cancer. If you are a firefighter who developed a disease as a consequence of occupational exposure to AFFF, you have the legal right to seek compensation from the liable company. A lawyer with vast experience in toxic exposure cases will be able to help you file a lawsuit against the responsible company and if you were exposed in the military, a claim with the VA for disability compensation as well.