Were you or a loved one regularly exposed to firefighting foam (AFFF) only to later develop cancer?
If so, you may be entitled to compensation through a firefighting foam lawsuit.
What Are AFFFs and PFAS?
Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF)is said to be a highly efficient fire suppressant used to quickly douse fuel and petroleum fires. The foam does this by blanketing a fire, thus cutting off the oxygen supply needed to burn.
AFFF forms spontaneously upon the ejection of the concentrate/water mix from a fire hose nozzle.
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemical compounds found in AFFFs. More specifically, PFAS found in AFFFs are the key to smothering aggressive fires.
Studies conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) report that workers exposed to this possible carcinogen show an increased risk in the development of prostate, kidney, and testicular cancers.
PFAS may also cause exposed workers to develop:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Neuroendocrine tumors
- Pancreatic cancer
Other major health organizations such as the American Cancer Society (ACS), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have also noted that certain PFAS may be linked to cancer in those exposed to the foam.
Other serious side effects resulting from exposure to the allegedly toxic chemicals in firefighting foam include:
- Damaged immune systems
- Fertility complications
Who’s at Higher Risk of AFFF Exposure?
Manufacturers are alleged to have knowingly used PFAS since the 1950s to develop and sell firefighting foam, putting individuals that work directly with the chemicals at a higher risk of exposure to AFFF.
As such, those at a higher risk of developing cancer because of decades of AFFF exposure include:
- Airport workers
- Military members
- Chemical plant workers
U.S. military firefighters and civilian firefighters assigned to airports started using the foam in the 1960s. Airports continued to use AFFF until 2018. The military is currently phasing out the use of certain PFAS.
Were You Exposed to Firefighting Foam?
If you or a loved one are a firefighter, airport worker, member of the military, or a chemical plant worker who was exposed to this allegedly dangerous foam, and later developed cancer, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a firefighting foam lawsuit. Compensation may cover your medical expenses and other losses.
Our Firefighting Foam Attorneys Are Here to Help
Our firefighting foam attorneys are currently investigating toxic foam exposure claims for a potential lawsuit. Please contact us directly to share your experience with us. We will give you our undivided attention as we carefully review your situation.