AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit Lawyers
Exposure to Aqueous Film Forming Foam Linked to Cancer
Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) is a fire suppressant commonly used to extinguish Class B fires, such as fuel fires and certain chemical fires. AFFF contains several harmful chemicals, including perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), that are known to cause cancer in humans. These chemicals are also considered “forever chemicals,” meaning they remain in the body indefinitely.
Prolonged exposure to PFAS has been linked to a variety of different types of cancer, including testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and pancreatic cancer. If you or your loved one was diagnosed with one of these or another form of cancer after exposure to AFFF firefighting foam, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages.
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What Is AFFF Firefighting Foam?
For more than half a century, aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) has been used to extinguish dangerous, flammable liquid fires, such as fuel fires. While it is effective at putting out these fires, AFFF can be incredibly harmful to humans, animals, and the environment.
The synthetic mixture contains various chemicals, including fluorinated and hydrocarbon-based surfactants, which have been proven to be carcinogenic. Fluorinated surfactants belong to a group of chemical substances known as polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
PFAS is the primary component of most AFFF firefighting foams. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, PFAS can accumulate over time in the body—as well as in the environment at large. This can lead to a host of environmental threats and illnesses.
What Types of Cancer Have Been Linked to AFFF Exposure?
PFAS, the primary chemicals in AFFF firefighting foam, have been classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Exposure to these chemicals was found to cause tumors in laboratory animals and has been linked to various forms of cancer in humans.
The most common forms of cancer linked to PFAS-containing AFFF exposure include:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Neuroendocrine tumors
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
If you were diagnosed with any of these types of cancer, or if your loved one passed away due to complications arising from these types of cancer after being exposed to AFFF, you could have grounds for legal action. Our AFFF lawsuit lawyers can assist you in bringing a personal injury, wrongful death, or mass litigation claim.
Who Is at Risk of AFFF Exposure?
Certain individuals are more at risk of being exposed to the harmful chemicals in AFFF firefighting foam than others.
These individuals include:
- Military servicemembers
- Airport firefighters
- Chemical plant firefighters
- Fire department heavy duty mechanics
- Fire marshals
- Quartermaster employees handling storage and/or delivery of AFFF
- Offshore oil rig workers
While these individuals have a statistically higher risk of being exposed to—and suffering the harmful effects of—AFFF firefighting foam, anyone who has been exposed to AFFF could be at risk. Whether you worked in one of the occupations listed above or were otherwise exposed to AFFF firefighting foam, leading to cancer or another injury, illness, or medical condition, Potts Law Firm can help.
We fight to hold responsible parties accountable and seek fair compensation for victims. Our attorneys assist clients nationwide in both single-plaintiff and mass tort litigation, including class action lawsuits.
Who Is Liable for Injuries & Damages Caused by AFFF Exposure?
AFFF cancer lawsuits have been brought against manufacturers and other entities that created or distributed AFFF firefighting foam that then caused exposure-related illnesses, injuries, and damages. Despite extensive studies and research documenting the potential risks of PFAS, these entities continue manufacturing PFAS-containing AFFF, putting millions of Americans at risk. At Potts Law Firm, we believe that these companies should be held responsible for the widespread harm they have caused countless individuals and families.
Our AFFF firefighting foam lawsuit lawyers can review your case and determine who is liable for your damages. If you are eligible to take legal action, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income/wages, lost earning ability, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, and other damages. If your loved one passed away from cancer related to AFFF exposure, you could have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit and may be entitled to additional damages.
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These are incredibly complex claims with numerous challenges that can hinder the recovery process. In addition to proving that you suffered prolonged exposure to harmful PFASs in AFFF, you will need to prove that this exposure led to your cancer diagnosis or another injury. You will also need to prove your damages, including your medical expenses, lost wages, and the extent of your pain and suffering, among others.
When you work with the lawyers at Potts Law Firm, you can focus on getting the medical care you need while we handle the details of your case. Our attorneys not only know how to effectively prove the validity of your case but also how to present the evidence to the judge and/or jury in a clear, persuasive, and powerful way. We are aggressive when it comes to litigating, negotiating, and trying cases—an approach that has helped us earn numerous favorable results for our clients.
Most importantly, we are here for you throughout the legal process. We know that this is a trying time in your life; our team offers compassionate, personalized attention and guidance, as well as consistent and reliable communication. We are always happy to take your call, answer your questions, and address any concerns you may have about your case or your recovery.
If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.
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