In firefighters who used AFFF, leukemia risk increases with the duration and frequency of exposure
The fire suppressant AFFF was devised by the U.S. Navy and the 3M Company in 1966. One year later, it became the norm for extinguishing fires stemming from flammable liquids or gases. Both civilian and military firefighters have been using AFFF since then, with the latter mostly using it to put out jet fuel and petroleum fires on military bases. Nevertheless, this fire suppressant is highly dangerous, as it contains between 50% and 98% PFAS, exposure to which can lead to the development of leukemia. Firefighters have a higher risk of leukemia than the general population.
Whether you were a civilian or military firefighter and now struggle with leukemia, we advise you to reach out to our compassionate attorneys, who will gladly review your case. To become eligible, you will have to meet the following criteria:
- you must have used AFFF as a civilian or military firefighter for a significant time
- you must have developed leukemia as a result of toxic exposure
- as a military firefighter, you must have been discharged other than dishonorably
In addition to meeting the above requirements, you will also be asked to send in your employment or military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records so that our experienced attorneys can determine whether you qualify to file a claim. These documents will also help our legal team along the line in preparing your claim for submission if we establish that you are entitled to financial compensation from the AFFF manufacturers whose products you used.
Valisure found benzene in nearly 55% of the analyzed deodorant and antiperspirant body sprays
In the fall of 2021, the independent laboratory Valisure tested 108 unique batches of deodorant and antiperspirant body spray from 30 different brands. Benzene was found in over half of the tested products. More specifically, 24 lots of deodorants contained between 2.24 ppm and 17.7 ppm benzene, whereas 14 lots had detectable benzene between 0.20 ppm and 1.89 ppm. The solvent most likely ended up in these products due to the use of propellants in the manufacturing process. If you have been using a contaminated deodorant or antiperspirant for a significant time, you are now at risk of developing a form of leukemia.
The following are the eligibility criteria you must meet if you want to file a benzene deodorant claim:
- you must have used the deodorant or antiperspirant consistently for at least one year
- you must have applied benzene-containing deodorant or antiperspirant 4 or 5 times a week
- you must have at least 6 months of usage before being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or acute lymphocytic leukemia
- you must have been diagnosed with one of the above leukemia types after 2016 or 2017
In addition to meeting these criteria, you will also have to provide our skilled attorneys with proof of your use of benzene-containing deodorant or antiperspirant and your medical records stating your leukemia diagnosis. Once we carefully review these documents and consider the information you offer us, we will determine whether you are eligible to file a benzene deodorant claim. If you are, our diligent attorneys will do all in their power to obtain the most favorable outcome for your case.