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Firefighting Foam Cancer AFFF Lawsuit

The chemicals in AFFF are not safe and have been proven to cause cancer. Yet, firefighters, police officers, military personnel, airport workers, and civilian first responders used this foam for years without knowing the long-term effects of exposure to AFFF.

Were you a firefighter or regularly exposed to aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) and recently been diagnosed with kidney, pancreatic, prostate, or testicular cancer?

If so, you may be able to file an AFFF firefighting foam lawsuit against 3M Company (the manufacturer) and other companies that made PFAS contaminated products.

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys are legal advocates for those harmed by dangerous chemicals. You should know that a $1 billion settlement will compensate those affected by these hazardous chemicals.

Contact our Chicago products liability attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation at our law firm. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

Firefighting Foam Lawsuit Lawyer

Firefighters use more than just water to put out fires. Sometimes, they will use foam to deprive a fire of oxygen and suppress it. It reduces the amount of time and effort to extinguish the fire.

However, while aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) helps firefighters do their job, it puts their safety and that of everyone else in the surrounding area at risk. For example, cancer cases have been tied to exposure to this foam.

As a result, those exposed to AFFF and their families have filed toxic exposure cases against firefighting foam manufacturers. These cases are based on the side effects that they have had to endure after being exposed to aqueous film firefighting foam.

These cases can include firefighters and anyone else in the vicinity of a fire.

Where AFFF Products Are Used

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, while aqueous film-forming foam products are used by military and commercial airlines that use jets, they became popular in firefighting efforts on aircraft carriers because of their ability to put out fires quickly.

But there are also other areas where you can regularly expect these types of products to be used:

  • Fire departments
  • Military bases
  • Chemical plants
  • Offshore oil rigs
  • Gas refineries
  • Bulk fuel storage centers
  • Commercial airlines
  • Bus and truck fleets 

Besides these uses, AFFF firefighting foams are used in airports and military training exercises.

What We Know About PFOS and PFOA

PFOA and PFOS are two 'forever chemicals” linked to illnesses such as thyroid disease, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

Many studies have linked these chemicals to health risks. However, the government has yet to put any kind of warning or label on AFFF-based products.

So far, there is no ban against PFOA or PFOS, but there should be.

These chemicals are not just linked to cancer. Recently, researchers have linked these chemicals and "lower birth weight" in babies exposed to their mother's water.

Aqueous Film Forming Foam Cancer Lawyers

If you or a loved one have developed cancer due to exposure to toxic chemicals that polluted your environment through the use of AFFF, you can also file a firefighting foam lawsuit.

Contact the firefighting foam cancer attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to learn how you or your family member may be eligible for financial compensation by filing a firefighter foam lawsuit.

The Toxic Chemicals of AFFF Firefighting Foam Presents a Danger

The main safety issue with firefighting foam comes from using a certain chemical called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The problem with PFAS chemicals is that it simply does not go away. Instead, it builds up over time wherever it is found. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has documented the harmful effects of this chemical.

PFAS is found in many different places. For example, PFAS has been increasingly found in the water supplies of many cities and municipalities.

Firefighting Film Forming Foams are Called 'Forever Chemicals'

There is a good chance that PFAS chemicals are found in your drinking water. Either way, the decades-long use of PFAS has subjected many to numerous health risks.

The chemical has earned the nickname 'the forever chemical” because it has an extremely long half-life. It is made of a bond between carbon and fluorine.

The bond needs to be strong to give PFAS its heat-resistant qualities. The correctly composed firefighting foam can help firefighters put out fires.

AFFF Exposure to PFAS Increases the Risk of Cancer

The problem is that these beneficial qualities become dangerous when the chemicals build up in the firefighters' bodies exposed to firefighting foam or anyone in the general vicinity when AFFF has been used.

Here, the issue is that the effects of firefighting foams remain for many years, even after the fire is put out. If foams were used on a fire, they still contaminate the soil and seep into the groundwater.

As a result, anyone in the area can be harmed by firefighting film-forming foams. In addition, you can live thousands of feet away from an extinguished fire and have a greater risk of getting sick for years.

The General Public Realizes the Danger of this Fire Suppressant

Even though PFAS has been used for decades from the 1940s, the general public is only starting to understand how dangerous these chemicals are.

The EPA has concluded that PFAS chemicals can lead to kidney damage, immune system impairment, and reproductive issues.

Considering what the EPA has concluded, it is not surprising that the cancers tied to PFAS exposure have primarily been in the kidneys, testicles, and pancreas.

Specifically, the following impacts on human health have been connected to PFAS exposure:

In addition, AFFF exposure to PFAS can also cause an increased risk of infertility and damage to the immune system. The effects on the human body are great and may not even be completely known.

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The PFAS Family Includes Thousands of Chemicals

Another problem is that some PFAS chemicals are still available in the United States. PFAS is a family of over 4,000 chemicals like perfluoroalkyl, some of which have been banned.

However, new forms of PFAS are no safer than those banned. What makes the danger even greater is that the damage and effects of the banned dangerous chemicals will remain with us for many years to come since PFAS does not go away quickly.

The potential universe of plaintiffs in these cases is broad.

All firefighters, US military members, airport workers, and Federal Aviation Administration workers who worked with an AFFF foam over some time are at risk of developing these types of cancer. Anyone exposed to AFFF (fire fighting foam) at their job or from contaminated drinking water or municipal water supplies could be eligible to recover compensation for your condition.

A recent AFFF foam lawsuit was filed by firefighters who have been diagnosed with cancer, ulcerative colitis, and thyroid disease.

Environmental Contamination Caused by Firefighter Foam

You may be able to file a lawsuit if you live in a surrounding area and have been exposed to firefighting foams in your environment, especially in your groundwater.

For example, if you have lived on US military bases, you may have been exposed to the numerous fires put out on the base.

The general public has every reason to be angry about illnesses tied to PFAS, especially those caused by the use of firefighting foam. Simply stated, the dangers of firefighting foam have been known for decades.

Nevertheless, generations of firefighters were forced out onto the job and made to use a product that everyone else knew was dangerous.

In addition, people who live in areas where these chemicals were used were also exposed to carcinogens that many knew were at risk.

There is evidence that the Department of Defense knew full well of the dangers of firefighting film-forming foams back in the 1970s that these products were possible carcinogens.

It means that generations of military firefighters, US military personnel, and their families on military bases were exposed to possible dangers to the increased risk of developing serious health problems.

Of course, it is difficult to sue the federal government for a tort, and service members can't do so. Nonetheless, exposed U S military members may be eligible to join a potential AFFF lawsuit due to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFAS) contamination that led to adverse health effects.

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Lawsuits Related to Fire Fighting Foam

However, you can file a firefighter foam lawsuit against the AFFF manufacturers of these toxic firefighting foam products. There is also evidence that they may have been aware of the health effects of PFAS chemicals back in the 1960s.

Yet, these national foam chemical manufacturers continued to sell firefighting film-forming foams containing perfluorooctanoic acid.

Firefighting Foam Lawsuit: AFFF MDL Litigation

Currently, there are many different AFFF lawsuits tied to the use of firefighting foam.

First, there is Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in Federal District Court in South Carolina. The pending MDL is Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2873 before Judge Richard Mark Gergel.

In recent news, Judge Gergel set 10 bellwether cases involving water providers, moving the cases into the "Tier One" discovery stage that ended in August 2021. Reports indicate that numerous parties might conduct additional discovery when Tier Two proceedings begin, advancing the cases to trial.

An MDL is similar to an AFFF class-action lawsuit. However, unlike class-action lawsuits, MDL cases are heard individually for trial, usually in federal court.

As of this writing, 753 open AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits are a part of this multi-district litigation in South Carolina for AFFF exposure.

Many of the plaintiffs in these AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits have alleged that their exposure to AFFF firefighting foam caused them to develop cancer.

Sample cancers include prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, breast cancer. Other pending cases allege blood cancer (leukemia, lymphoma).

Potential Defendants

Here are some of the defendants in the firefighter foam lawsuits that have already been filed:

  • 3M Company
  • Tyco Fire Products
  • Chemguard
  • Buckeye Fire Equipment Company
  • E.I. DuPont Nemours
  • The Chemours Company
  • Dynax Corporation

New defendants are still being added to these AFFF lawsuits. The map released by the Environmental Working Group identifies additional potential defendants that have caused environmental contamination by using the dangerous chemicals. Currently, the multidistrict litigation is amid discovery.

As of this writing, the most recent development was a status conference on May 1, 2020, to update the court on discovery progress and deal with issues.

Cities and Municipalities Filing AFFF Foam Lawsuits

In addition, other firefighting foam lawsuits are being filed. For example, states and municipalities have begun to file their lawsuits against the makers of AFFF firefighting foam due to groundwater contamination, which destroys their drinking water supplies.

The City of Melbourne and its airport became one of the most recent plaintiffs filing lawsuits against firefighting foam makers for the environmental damage and the cleanup costs they have been forced to bear.

The Michigan Attorney General has also filed a consumer protection lawsuit on behalf of consumers who sold these dangerous products. Nearly three dozen companies are being accused of concealing the dangers of these products from the public.

More foam cancer lawsuits are likely on the way as more cities and states realize the environmental mess they have been left with and their citizens' risks.

Frequently Asked Questions about AFFF Firefighting Foam Dangers

Our personal injury law firm understands that many families have unanswered questions about filing an AFFF lawsuit after being harmed by-products containing dangerous aqueous film-forming foam or developing kidney cancer or other life-threatening medical condition. An attorney foam our law firm has answered some of those questions below.

Contact our law firm at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) for additional information about filing a claim, the current status of class-action lawsuit litigation, and the dangers to human health.

Is AFFF Foam Toxic?

Studies have shown that AFFF firefighting film-forming foams were toxic, caused health issues, and developed cancer. The worst part is that this has long been known even though these products were used for years after that.

Studies have shown that firefighters exposed to AFFF foam have higher toxins in their bloodstream. However, we are still learning the impact of these health risks.

Now, AFFF foam is considered a hazardous material by OSHA because of its potential to cause eye and skin irritation.

What Is in Firefighting Foam?

While firefighting foam is marketed as a "simple" mix of water, foam concentrate, and air, the truth is that the contents may be far more dangerous.

Here, the danger comes from the possible presence of two different PFOA and PFOS compounds. These are perfluorooctane acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).

These dangerous chemicals stay in the body indefinitely because they are not chemically capable of going away. Instead, they only build up in the body over time, wreaking havoc and causing serious conditions, including kidney and prostate cancer.

What Percentage of Finished Foam Is Water?

While a large percentage of firefighting foam is water, this does not remove the hazards people face when exposed to the foam.

About 94% of firefighting foam is mixed with water and 6% foam concentrate. The problem is that the foam concentrate contains hazardous substances that are not neutralized by the water.

Is Class A Foam Toxic?

Class A foam is not toxic in the sense that if you ingest it, you die.

The foam is known to be an irritant for the eyes and skin. It is why OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) characterize it as hazardous.

The real dangers of AFFF firefighting foam are in the long-term effects to people who have been exposed to it for a prolonged period.

Does Firefighting Foam Cause Cancer?

Possibly. As mentioned above, polyfluoroalkyl substance PFAS is known as the "forever chemical," and it stays in the body. Therefore, PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances) can be a possible carcinogen when buildup occurs.

There have been cases of testicular, kidney, and bladder cancer linked to firefighting film-forming foams, which is why plaintiffs have been suing the makers of these products.

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AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawyers for You & Your Family

To file your firefighting foam lawsuit, you will need an attorney to help draft your claim and present the evidence.

There are numerous stages of a product liability lawsuit. It can take several years of effort by your attorney to get your financial compensation, assuming that you are successful in the case.

You may be able to seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. In addition, if your loved one developed cancer and died after being exposed to firefighting foam, you may be eligible to file an AFFF lawsuit as well.

Contact the attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today to learn more about your legal rights and how you can file an AFFF cancer lawsuit related to AFFF exposure.

Our law firm offers each prospective client a free consultation, and you owe us no out-of-pocket expenses for your AFFF foam cancer lawsuit.

You can call our law firm anytime, or you can complete the contact form and provide us with your phone number or email address, and our firefighting foam lawyers will contact you.

Our law firm is only paid after we have engaged in an attorney-client relationship and if you successfully recover compensation for the harm you have suffered.

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