Chemical Manufacturers face legal action over Firefighting Foam Cancer Risk
AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) is a firefighting foam that has been linked to various health issues, including cancer, due to its PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) content.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against AFFF manufacturers, alleging that they knew about the health risks but failed to warn the public.
The law firm TorHoerman Law is actively investigating AFFF cases and offering free consultations for individuals who believe they have been harmed by the foam.
The AFFF MDL consists of nearly 6,000 individual lawsuits related to injuries from AFFF exposure, and these lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation.
Recent scientific studies have found that individuals exposed to PFAS (chemicals found in AFFF) had an increased risk of thyroid cancer, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, and several other types of cancer.
The ongoing focus is on individuals who claim health issues due to exposure to AFFF firefighting foam, and those affected may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Toxic chemicals in Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF Firefighting Foam) have been linked to numerous types of cancer, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and more.
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals, also known as forever chemicals, used to make AFFF firefighting foam do not break down, remaining in the environment and in human blood indefinitely.
AFFF Firefighting Foam lawsuits aim to hold manufacturers accountable for putting peoples’ health at risk.
If you’re considering filing an AFFF Lawsuit or AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit, you likely have some questions.
Below, our attorneys look at the studies conducted on the AFFF Firefighting Foam, and evidence linking these chemicals to various forms of cancer.
If you or a loved one was exposed to firefighting foam and subsequently developed cancer, contact an attorney from TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation legal consultation today and find out if you qualify for a firefighting foam lawsuit.
You can also use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify for legal action instantly.
The AFFF Lawsuit is ongoing, and our AFFF Lawyers are accepting clients from all 50 states.
More than 6,400 AFFF Lawsuits have been centralized in the US District Court for the District of South Carolina.
The focus of the AFFF litigation lately has been on water contamination cases, but lawyers are still accepting cases for individuals who have been exposed to AFFF and subsequently developed cancer or other health problems.
Many local municipalities, including Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, and North Myrtle Beach, are choosing to turn down a substantial amount of money totaling $10.3 billion from a settlement related to PFAS contamination.
The settlement involves chemical manufacturers 3M and DuPont agreeing to pay these funds.
Experts argue that while it’s a good start, it won’t be enough to fully address the PFAS contamination in America’s drinking water.
PFAS contamination in water systems across the United States has become a major concern, and the use of AFFF firefighting foam has been known to contribute to the issue.
If the settlement is accepted, the money would be distributed among all U.S. public drinking water systems that detect PFAS in their water, but some municipalities are opting out due to concerns about the amount being divided among many sources and the inability to file future claims based on new findings.
The deadline for agencies to opt out is approaching, and South Carolina’s Attorney General has filed a separate lawsuit for natural resource contamination related to PFAS, which is proceeding independently of the water provider settlements.
Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation. You can also use the chatbot on this page to find out if you qualify for a Firefighting Foam Lawsuit instantly.
Firefighters, military personnel, chemical plant workers, and others exposed to AFFF Firefighting Foam could be at risk for developing serious, long-term health problems.
The foams, known as aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF), have been used for decades to fight fires caused by highly flammable liquids and gasses.
While effective for fighting fires, AFFF also contains cancer-causing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that have been tied to birth defects, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, and other complications.
Government agencies have already started working to destroy PFAS and phase out firefighting foams. Many people who have used or been exposed to AFFF at work and in their community now face complications from PFAS exposure.
These workers and their families were told that AFFF Firefighting Foam was safe, but they are now dealing with health problems and medical bills related to their exposure to PFAS.
If you or a loved one were exposed to AFFF and later developed complications, you could be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering.
Aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF), are the most effective material for combating fires in flammable liquids and gasses. The foam has been used for decades and helped save human lives and crucial infrastructure.
Despite its fire-fighting efficiency, AFFF have become phased out and banned in many parts of the country.
The foams contain toxic, man-made chemicals known as PFAS that are linked to environmental contamination and health complications such as cancer, heart disease, and birth defects.
Companies that supplied AFFF firefighting foam to fire departments, military bases, airports, and others are the defendants named in AFFF lawsuits.
These companies include:
Aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) are Class B firefighting foams that are used to fight high-hazard flammable liquid fires such as those caused by oil, gasoline, and jet fuel.
These foams are mixed with water to form an aqueous film that cuts off a fire’s source of oxygen, extinguishes it, and stops it from reigniting. AFFF are commonly used at fire stations, military sites, airports, and chemical manufacturing plants.
While AFFF are highly effective in fighting high-hazard flammable liquid fires, they have also become a source of concern due to their ties to cancer diagnosis, health problems and environmental contamination.
AFFF contains synthetic chemicals known as PFAS.
AFFF have been used by fire departments, military personnel, and many other industries since the 1970s.
The persistent use of these foams, particularly on military bases and training sites, has led to PFAS making their way into the environment and local water supplies.
PFAS, meaning perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are synthetic chemicals found in many consumer and industrial products.
The most common PFAS are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). They are known for their ability to resist water, oil, and grease.
PFAS were commonly used for:
While effective for their intended use, growing bodies of scientific evidence have documented PFAS as a toxic substance that is likely unsafe for human health. PFAS are no longer manufactured in the United States, but continue to be found in the environment and in humans.
PFAS contamination is a huge problem in the United States, and many lawsuits have been filed over the issue.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formed a council to “protect public health and the environment from the impacts of PFAS”, and developed a roadmap to address the issue from a governmental standpoint.
PFAS are active in AFFF firefighting foam.
While some fire departments have switched to “modern fluorotelomer foams” that might be less toxic, the long shelf life of traditional, PFAS-containing AFFF means they are still stored and used at many work sites.
It’s not always easy to determine if firefighting foam contains PFAS, but it’s more likely if the ingredient list mentions C6, fluorosurfactants, or fluoroproteins.
Due to their potential toxicity, the U.S. Department of Defense is working to develop better PFAS-free AFFF alternatives.
Exposure to the chemicals in aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) has been tied to a number of serious, sometimes life-threatening complications.
The foams contain PFAS that have been labeled a public health concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, human exposure to PFAS might be associated with:
The chance of developing health problems due to AFFF and subsequent PFAS exposure depends on several factors including the frequency and duration of exposure.
Growing bodies of science have linked PFAS to health complications with some indicating that even low-level exposure could be dangerous for humans. PFAS can concentrate over time in the human body, with some having a half-life up to eight years.
For workers regularly exposed to firefighting foam, the risk for developing certain medical conditions is higher.
AFFF exposure can happen in a number of ways. Occupational exposure to firefighting foam is the most common.
The introductory information on the MDL 2873 webpage also says the following in terms of AFFF exposure:
“These cases all involve varied causes of action and claims relating to per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Plaintiffs generally allege that aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) containing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and/or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), two types of PFAS, contaminated groundwater near various military bases, airports, and other industrial sites where AFFFs were used to extinguish liquid fuel fires.”
A growing number of studies have linked the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in AFFF firefighting foam to cancer risks.
Several studies on both occupational and community PFAS exposure have found increased rates of testicular and kidney cancers.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified PFOA, a common PFAS, and potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing) to humans.
Cancers that have been associated with PFAS chemicals include:
Other health problems associated with PFAS chemicals include:
Research on PFAS exposure and cancer continues to develop.
As PFAS chemicals and forever chemicals remain in the environment and impact human health for decades, more extensive research is bound to be completed about its effects on our environment and health.
Civilian and military firefighters are at the highest risk of developing complications from AFFF and PFAS exposure, especially if their workplaces did not provide the United States Fire Administration’s recommended firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE).
Workers could also be at risk if they were in industries where AFFF was used to fight Class B fires such as fires at:
PFAS have also become a major community and environmental issue, as PFAS have contaminated the tap water of at least 16 million people in 33 states and Puerto Rico and the groundwater in 38 states.
Many firefighter and military families — and their neighbors — worry that years of exposure to PFAS from firefighting foams have caused long-term damage.
Others have already developed complications and injuries from using the foams at work or having their water systems contaminated.
Victims of AFFF and PFAS exposure deserve justice, and there are resources available to help.
If you sustained injuries or developed chemical exposure injuries and complications from using, being exposed to, or having your community contaminated by AFFF firefighting foams, there are steps you can take to better your situation.
Report and document your injuries and complications.
You should report your injuries to your local OSHA office as well as any government entities overseeing worker-related injuries and exposure complaints within your industry.
Be sure to report the exposure to your health care provider and have them conduct a thorough health screening on you.
It’s crucial that you mitigate your injuries and complications.
Mitigation involves seeking medical care and following your doctor’s recommendations.
Document your complications and injuries (with photos, writing, etc.) and track your doctors’ visits, medical treatments, medications, and any subsequent expenses.
This evidence will help you heal and gives you a stronger case in a potential AFFF lawsuit.
Contact a Firefighting Foam Attorney to discuss your injuries, complications, and any other problems you might have developed due to exposure to PFAS in firefighting foams.
He or she will help you better understand your situation and if you have the potential for compensation from AFFF manufacturers, your employer, or other companies or agencies responsible for your PFAS exposure.
This will help determine if you should hire an AFFF attorney to pursue an AFFF lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to PFAS from AFFF Firefighting Foam and were subsequently diagnosed with related injuries or complications, you could be eligible for compensation through an AFFF lawsuit.
Evidence in an AFFF lawsuit is extremely important. Your AFFF lawyers with help you determine what evidence to present in a court of law.
Evidence in AFFF lawsuits may include:
Firefighting foam cancer lawyers will help victims assess their damages. Damages refer to the total economic and non-economic losses a person has suffered due to AFFF exposure.
Experienced firefighting foam lawyers, with the help of the claimant, will calculate your damages and demand compensation from the defendants.
Typical damages for AFFF foam lawsuits may include:
Contact an AFFF attorney with experience in toxic tort, chemical exposure, and personal injury lawsuits to discuss your potential case.
TorHoerman Law understands that AFFF foam lawsuits may involve cancer diagnosis and other hardships endured by victims and their families.
Our law firm will work tirelessly to ensure that you and your family are fully compensated for exposure to firefighting foam and the health issues related to AFFF exposure.
Any law firm you contact for your claim should be willing to go the extra mile to secure compensation that you are rightfully owed.
Always take the choice of a lawyer with extreme discretion.
AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL 2873) in the US District Court: District of South Carolina.
Multidistrict litigation, commonly referred to as MDL, is a special federal legal procedure designed to speed the process of handling complex litigations by consolidating cases and addressing all pretrial procedures in one court.
Cases involving similar causation and injuries are consolidating them into a singular district court, ensuring that decisions and settlement amounts are consistent.
TorHoerman Law’s team of experienced firefighting foam lawyers are representing those facing complications due to PFAS and firefighting foam exposure.
Our personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of victims across all 50 states take on hundreds of companies that put workers, community members, and consumers at risk.
Over the past 11 years, our law firm has helped clients gain over $4 Billion in verdicts and negotiated settlements to help them get back on the path to recovery.
If you or a loved one have developed cancer or other adverse health outcomes after being regularly exposed to fire fighting foam, you may be eligible to file an AFFF Cancer Lawsuit and seek financial compensation.
Contact TorHoerman Law AFFF Lawyers for a free consultation, or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify for an AFFF Foam Lawsuit instantly.
Class-B aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) are dangerous and contain PFAS chemicals that have been linked to a number of adverse health risks.
Yes, aqueous film-forming firefighting foam (AFFF) contains toxic chemicals called PFAS which are linked to a number of adverse health risks including cancer, birth defects, and chronic conditions.
A number of studies have found that AFFF exposure may be linked to an increased risk of a number of cancers including:
People who may have been regularly exposed to firefighting foam are typically people whose work duties include using or transporting firefighting foam products.
Individuals are also may suffer PFAS exposure through contaminated drinking water.
People who are most likely to suffer from occupational exposure to PFAS in firefighting foam include:
If you were ever exposed to firefighting foam and developed cancer or other medical problems, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit, regardless of when you were exposed.
Many states and jurisdictions have rules to allow lawsuits over products that were previously unknown to cause harm.
The statute of limitations is extended to the date that a person should have reasonably discovered the link between their diagnosis and the product(s) potentially to blame.
Contact our law firm for more information on the statute of limitations in your AFFF Lawsuit.
Experienced Firefighting Foam Attorneys can help you through every step of the legal process.
The main things Firefighting Foam Lawyers can help you with are:
Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, which means that our Firefighting Foam Attorneys DO NOT charge for their legal representation unless your case wins.
If you are not awarded a settlement for your AFFF Lawsuit, you do not have to pay a cent in legal fees.