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How much compensation will I get if I was exposed to AFFF?

Factors affecting compensation depend on the severity and circumstances of the exposure. Diagnosis of the condition associated with AFFF exposure is one of the primary factors used to start the case.

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If you successfully prove negligence and liability in court, you may be able to recover compensation for both economic and noneconomic harms

Compensation depends on the circumstances surrounding your case such as level of exposure to PFOA, PFAS, long-term prognosis and seriousness of your illness, the extent of pain and suffering, and if you experienced lost earning capacity caused by any disability that you suffered as a result of exposure to fire-suppressant foams.

Economic damages are tangible damages that can be easily quantified such as medical bills, lost income, and lost earning capacity. Non-economic damages are harder to estimate and less tangible, but with a significantly higher value than economic damages. These often include pain and suffering, and emotional distress. A personal injury attorney with expertise in toxic exposure cases can help you assess what benefits you might be eligible for and can advocate on your behalf to give you the maximum benefits possible.

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