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What toxic substances are in AFFF?

AFFF contains two groups of toxic chemicals, namely PFOS and PFOA, exposure to which can result in terrible diseases such as kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

There are two groups of toxic chemicals present in AFFF, exposure to which can lead to terrible diseases

Aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, has been used since 1970 to extinguish petroleum and jet fuel fires. While it is very effective, it contains two groups of chemicals which are known carcinogens, namely PFOS and PFOA. Thereby, prolonged exposure to AFFF can result in the development of serious diseases, such as kidney cancer, prostate cancer, and bladder cancer. PFOS, scientifically known as perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, is a chemical which persists in the environment once released, polluting the soil, air, and water, whereas PFOA, scientifically known as perfluorooctanoic acid, is also very persistent in the environment and poses a great danger to human life if exposure occurs over the course of several years. However, PFOS and PFOA are not present only in AFFF, as they can also be found in drinking water, food packaging, dust, non-stick cookware, and metal plating. Nevertheless, PFOS and PFOA are present in large amounts in AFFF, which is the main culprit behind various forms of cancer.

Legal assistance for the victims of AFFF exposure

Our attorneys, who specialize in pursuing compensation for the victims of toxic exposure, will provide you with quality legal assistance if you are a firefighter or a person who serves in the military and developed a form of cancer as a consequence of exposure to AFFF. After you thoroughly explain your situation to our legal team, your attorney will promptly begin working on your case, while our legal experts will gather additional evidence to support it. Your involvement in the legal process will be minimal, as you will only have to grant our legal team access to your employment or military records, as well as to your medical records, which need to state that your disease is the result of exposure to PFOS and PFOA. Eventually, you will recover the compensation you deserve for your injury. It is worthy of note that, unless we obtain compensation for you, you do not have to pay us anything, as we work on a contingency fee basis.

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