AFFF (Firefighting Foam) Lawsuits

The manufacturers of AFFF (aka firefighting foam) have used dangerous chemicals (known as PFAS) to make the foam since the 1960s. If you or a loved one were exposed to firefighting foam on the job and were diagnosed with 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 (aqueous film-forming foam) is a foam firefighters use to put out fires. It has been used since the 1960s, particularly in the military and at airports because of its effectiveness in extinguishing jet fuel and petroleum fires. Dangerous chemicals known as PFAS are used to make firefighting foam.

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

– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

However, exposure to the PFAS chemicals in AFFF may cause various types of cancer in firefighters who were regularly exposed to it.

If you suspect exposure to PFAS chemicals caused your cancer, you may be eligible for compensation through a firefighting foam lawsuit.

The Link Between Firefighting Foam and Cancer

Chemical-based firefighting foam called AFFF has been sold for decades, but the deadly side effects of the chemical are now widely known.

PFAS-based firefighting foam exposure may cause firefighters to develop:

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

At particular risk of PFAS exposure are:

  • U.S. military firefighters: Because the military used the firefighting carcinogen for roughly 60 years
  • Firefighters assigned to airports: Because airports required the use of this 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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What to Look for in Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawyers

Filing a firefighter foam lawsuit can be a difficult process without the help of a skilled and experienced legal team — but not all firefighting foam lawyers can offer you the same advantages.

Here’s what you should look for when choosing an AFFF lawyer:

  • Free Case Evaluations: Sokolove Law offers free, no-obligation legal consultations, so you can see if you may have a legal case free of charge.
  • A History of Success: Our law firm has successfully recovered over $8 Billion for our clients.
  • Nationwide Legal Representation: We have represented clients in all 50 states and have offices in nearly every state.
  • Decades of Experience: For the last 40 years, we’ve helped clients across the country get the compensation they deserve.
  • No Upfront Fees: Our AFFF lawyers work on a contingency basis, so we’ll only get paid if you do.

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer after working with AFFF as a firefighter, our firefighting foam cancer lawyers may be able to help you pursue financial compensation through a lawsuit.

How Do AFFF Lawsuits Work?

Though every case is different, firefighter foam lawsuits generally follow a similar process, which your legal team at Sokolove Law can take care of on your behalf.

When you work with Sokolove Law, your legal team handles:

  • Gathering evidence from your medical and work histories that proves your exposure to PFAS
  • Filing your AFFF lawsuit
  • Negotiating a firefighting foam settlement
  • If a settlement is not reach, they will fight on your behalf in court before a jury if needed

After your free case review with Sokolove Law, every step of the AFFF cancer lawsuit process can be handled by our experienced legal team, so you can focus on your health and your family.

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What Is AFFF?

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, effectively smothering the fire.

One of the main ingredients of firefighter foam, however, are dangerous chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The EPA uses PFAS as an umbrella term to refer to a group of toxic chemicals that includes:

  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA or C8)
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)
  • Other PFA substances

The EPA has classified PFAS chemicals as “emerging contaminants,” meaning exposure to PFAS can be dangerous to human health.

Toxic Firefighting Foam Dangers

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

The following types of cancers have been linked to exposure to firefighting foam that contains PFAS:

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

PFAS are often referred to as “forever chemicals,” because their highly durable nature means they do not break down over time. Because of this, PFAS may remain in the body for years, building up over time and causing numerous health risks.

If you were diagnosed with cancer as a result of PFAS exposure, you may be able to work with a law firm to file an AFFF lawsuit to receive financial compensation for your medical expenses and more.

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AFFF Cancer High-Risk Occupations

Any firefighter may be at an increased risk of cancer if they’ve been exposed to AFFF. Airport and military firefighters may be at a higher risk of developing certain cancers due to more frequent exposure to the foam.

Firefighters Stationed at Airports

Until 2018, the Federal Airport Administration (FAA) required airports to use PFAS-containing firefighter foam following U.S. Navy guidelines, putting the health of airport firefighters at risk.

Military Firefighters

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, while the Department of Defense (DOD) is looking into viable PFAS-free firefighting foam alternatives to curb PFAS contamination.

Find an AFFF Lawyer Near You

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

You may be able to file an AFFF lawsuit if you or your loved one:

  • Worked as a firefighter
  • Have been exposed to toxic firefighting foams
  • Were later diagnosed with pancreatic, kidney, testicular, thyroid, bladder, breast, colon, liver, or prostate cancer as well as leukemia or lymphoma

Through a firefighting foam cancer lawsuit, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your injuries due to PFAS 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 by starting a free legal case review.

Firefighting Foam FAQs

Is AFFF a carcinogen? 

Numerous studies show that PFAS in AFFF may cause cancer, particularly in the:

  • Bladder
  • Blood cells
  • Breasts
  • Colon
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Lymphatic system
  • Pancreas
  • Prostate
  • Rectum
  • Testicles
  • Thyroid

If you’ve been exposed to AFFF and diagnosed with one of these cancers, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a firefighter foam lawsuit. Get a free consultation today to learn more.

How do I know if I have an AFFF cancer case?

The easiest way to see if you have a firefighting foam cancer case is to get a free case review from a nationwide law firm like Sokolove Law.

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer as a result of AFFF exposure, we may be able to help you pursue compensation through an AFFF cancer lawsuit.

How can an AFFF lawyer help me?

By working with a law firm like Sokolove Law, you can put the legal process in the hands of skilled and experienced firefighting foam lawyers, so you can focus on your health.

AFFF lawyers can help you with every step of the legal process, including:

  • Determining your legal options during a free case evaluation
  • Finding the evidence needed to prove your case
  • Filing your AFFF lawsuit
  • Reaching a firefighting foam cash settlement
  • If a settlement is not reached, arguing your case in court before a judge

Can I afford a firefighting foam attorney?

Absolutely — the best AFFF lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you won’t be charged any upfront fees. Our lawyers will only get paid if you do.

How much can I get from a firefighting foam settlement?

It’s difficult to predict how much a firefighting foam lawsuit settlement may be worth because every case is different.

Firefighting foam cash settlements vary according to a number of different factors in each case, including:

  • The severity of injuries
  • The extent of the AFFF exposure
  • The cost of current and future medical expenses
  • Any wages lost because of the illness

For over 40 years, Sokolove Law has fought on behalf of our clients to maximize the amount of compensation they can receive and has recovered more than $8 Billion for clients nationwide. Get a free case review today to see if our AFFF lawyers can help you too.

What does AFFF stand for?

AFFF stands for aqueous film-forming foam. AFFF is a fluorochemical surfactant that contains dangerous chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (or PFAS). Exposure to PFAS chemicals, however, may cause a variety of different cancers.

What is AFFF used for? 

AFFF is a foam concentrate and surfactant used by firefighters to extinguish fuel fires. Unfortunately, however, the firefighters who were exposed to the dangerous PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam may now be at risk of developing certain types of cancer.

How does firefighting foam work?

Water is heavier than most fuels, making it inefficient at stopping certain kinds of fires. When water is sprayed on a fuel fire, it can fall underneath the flames, start to boil, and spread the fire around instead of putting it out.

AFFF (firefighting foam), however, is lighter and acts as a blanket atop the fuel, cutting the fire off from the oxygen it needs to continue to burn, which smothers the fire.

Is firefighting foam still used?

Unfortunately, toxic PFAS-based firefighting foam is still being used at a variety of airports across the country, both for military and commercial use.

However, the Department of Defense is researching safe PFAS-free foam alternatives and has limited the use of AFFF to emergency responses.

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Last modified: June 1, 2021

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