AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit

Companies have used dangerous chemicals (PFAS) to make firefighting foam since the 1960s. If PFAS caused you to develop cancer, you may be able to seek compensation through a firefighting foam lawsuit.

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Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawsuits

Firefighting foam, also known as AFFF has been used since the 1950s. Manufacturers use dangerous chemicals known as PFAS to make firefighting foam.

However, PFAS may cause firefighters to develop:

  • Renal or kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Prostate cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer (colon and/or rectal cancer)

You may be able to seek compensation through a firefighting foam lawsuit if PFAS caused your cancer.

Firefighting Foam Exposure Linked to Cancer

Chemical-based firefighting foam has been sold for decades because of its effectiveness in extinguishing jet fuel and petroleum fires. However, it may cause various types of cancer — most notably kidney, testicular, and pancreatic cancer — in firefighters who were regularly exposed to the foam.

At particular risk are U.S. military firefighters, as the military widely used the firefighting carcinogen for approximately 60 years. Firefighters assigned to airports are also at risk because airports required the use of the foam until 2018.

If you or a loved one are a firefighter, were exposed to this foam, and later developed cancer, you may be entitled to compensation through a firefighter foam lawsuit.

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Toxic Firefighting Foam Dangers

Known officially as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), firefighting foam creates a blanket that cuts off the fuel from the oxygen it needs to burn. To help smother the fire, chemicals known as Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were and, in some circumstances, are still used.

Major health organizations like The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have noted that certain PFAS may be linked to an increased risk of cancer and other health effects in firefighters.

In fact, the EPA has classified PFAS as “emerging contaminants,” meaning they are likely dangerous to human health. The EPA uses PFAS chemicals as an umbrella term to refer to a group of toxic chemicals that includes perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA or C8), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and other PFA substances.

Cancers associated with PFAS include:

  • Kidney (renal) cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Prostate cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer (colon and/or rectal cancer)

PFAS are often referred to as “forever chemicals,” because the highly durable nature of PFAS means they do not break down over time. Because of this, it may remain in the body for years.

"There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse health outcomes in humans." – Environmental Protection Agency

Because AFFF products and PFAS contamination can lead to a variety of medical conditions and health problems in the human body, you may be able to work with a law firm to file an AFFF lawsuit to receive financial compensation to cover your medical expenses and more.

Get a free consultation today by filling out the form on this page to see if you may have a case.

AFFF Cancer High-Risk Occupations

Those who served as airport or military firefighters are at particularly high risk of PFAS exposure.

Until 2018, the Federal Airport Administration (FAA) required airports to use PFA-containing foam following U.S. Navy guidelines.

The U.S. Navy and other branches of the military have used firefighting foam since the 1960s, even during training exercises and non-critical missions. It was particularly favored by military fire departments since it could put out jet fuel fires. The military is currently phasing out the use of certain PFAS.

Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawyers

The firefighting foam lawyers at Sokolove Law are currently investigating cases involving cancer after occupational exposure to firefighting foam.

If you or a loved one are a firefighter, have been exposed to these foams, and were later diagnosed with kidney, testicular, pancreatic, or another type of cancer, you may wish to file an AFFF foam lawsuit against the companies that made firefighting foam. You may be able to receive financial compensation for your injuries due to AFFF exposure. We will listen to your story and help you understand your legal options.

To learn more, contact the firefighting foam attorneys at Sokolove Law today at (800) 995-1212 or start a free legal case review.

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Last modified: May 10, 2021

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