AFFF Lawsuit Settlement Amounts | Firefighter Foam Lawsuit [2023]

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AFFF Lawsuit Settlement Amounts Overview: Firefighting Foam Linked to Health Problems

AFFF firefighting foam contains PFAS chemicals that have been linked to cancer diagnosis and other adverse health effects.

Those suffering from AFFF exposure are recommended to file an AFFF Lawsuit and seek compensation for their injuries and damages.

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If you or a loved one has suffered from exposure to firefighting foam, contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify for legal action instantly.

If you are considering filing an AFFF Lawsuit, you’re likely wondering what a settlement could look like.

Below, we discuss AFFF lawsuit settlement amounts and what they could be.

The information listed on this page is by no means a guarantee of certain dollar amounts for individual AFFF lawsuits.

These are simply estimations based on prior mass tort cases involving AFFF firefighting foam.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you or a loved one suffered from exposure to firefighting foam, you may qualify for an AFFF exposure lawsuit.

Your case may be included in the AFFF MDL (AFFF Multidistrict Litigation).

Am I Eligible for the AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit?

The AFFF multidistrict litigation (MDL 2873) consolidates lawsuits from across the country alleging cancer diagnosis or other injuries related to AFFF exposure.

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A variety of people have suffered exposure to PFAS due to AFFF foam.

Firefighters, military firefighters, airport workers, industrial workers, oil workers, and others may suffer from occupational exposure to AFFF and potential skin contact with firefighting foam.

According to the MDL 2873, others suffering from exposure have been those consuming drinking water in areas where AFFFs were used.

The AFFF MDL (AFFF Multidistrict Litigation) is a consolidation of firefighting foam lawsuits in the US District Court: District of South Carolina.

Lawsuits from around the country are consolidated in the MDL, all alleging the following:

  • “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…”
  • “The plaintiffs allege that they were caused personal injury, a need for medical monitoring, property damage or other economic losses.”

The AFFF MDL is not the same as the AFFF class action lawsuit.

In multidistrict litigation (MDL), settlements will be distributed individually to claimants.

Class action lawsuits split a sum of money equally between all claimants.

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What Are The Expected AFFF Lawsuit Settlement Amounts?

As we’ll cover further in this article, AFFF firefighting foam lawsuit settlements depend on a number of factors.

A successful AFFF firefighting foam lawsuit will present detailed information on exposure to firefighting foam, medical bills and records outlining treatment, and more to validate the claim.

These factors will determine an adequate settlement amount for a given AFFF lawsuit.

Previous AFFF Lawsuit Settlement Amounts

AFFF foam lawsuits have been filed on behalf of groups and individuals for those suffering from occupational exposure to AFFF firefighting foam as well as those suffering from AFFF exposure through contaminated water.

No settlements have been reached in the AFFF multidistrict litigation as of yet, but the legal community estimates that AFFF lawsuit settlement amounts may reach $300,000 or more depending on the strength of the case.

These settlement figures are not guarantees, but basing our knowledge on prior mass tort cases and settlements for cancer diagnosis, AFFF settlement amounts could be significant.

In March 2020, DuPont was ordered to pay $50 million to a testicular cancer victim for PFAS chemicals in drinking water that resulted in his diagnosis.

The lawsuit alleged that the victim’s cancer diagnosis came from AFFF seepage into water.

Significant AFFF Foam Lawsuits include:

  • An ongoing AFFF class action lawsuit was filed in February 2020 by the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) against 3m, Dupont, Chemours, Tyco Fire Products, and other AFFF manufacturers, alleging the companies knew that PFAS chemicals in Aqueous Film Forming Foam products are harmful to humans, animals, and the environment but still produced and sold them.
  • A potential AFFF class action lawsuit was filed in New York on behalf of military service members exposed to AFFF during service. The class action names a multitude of companies as defendants, including 3M, DuPont, Chemours, Tyco Fire Products, and more.

Previous Settlement Amounts for PFAS Contamination Lawsuits

Lawsuits filed for PFAS contamination in drinking water have garnered significant settlements:

  • February 2017: DuPont pays out $671 million to settle thousands of lawsuits for its dumping of PFAS into West Virginia waterways.
  • September 2022: 3M and Wolverine Worldwide were ordered to pay $54 million settlement for a PFAS class action lawsuit involving residents of Kent County, Michigan.

AFFF Lawsuit Settlement Amounts: What Do They Depend On?

AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits have been settled for millions of dollars in the past, but the strength of one’s claim determines how much money they are entitled to.

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Factors that can determine a settlement amount for an AFFF lawsuit include:

  • The amount or level of exposure to firefighting foam
  • Cancer diagnosis information
  • Medical bills and cost of treatment
  • Other compensatory or punitive damages
  • And more

The strength of your AFFF firefighting foam lawsuit depends on the evidence you’ve retained, the damages you and your law firm have calculated, and the liability determined by your AFFF lawyers.

Evidence in Firefighting Foam Lawsuits

Evidence in AFFF lawsuits is extremely important.

As with seeking any lawsuit settlement, gathering sufficient evidence can make or break your case.

Evidence in AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits may include:

  • Medical records
  • Cancer diagnosis information
  • Employment records
  • History of AFFF exposure
  • Personal and witness testimony
  • Any other information validating exposure to firefighting foam

Damages in Firefighting Foam Lawsuits

Damages refer to the total amount of losses, economic and non-economic, you’ve incurred as a result of AFFF exposure.

Damages in AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering, emotional distress
  • Lost earning ability
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Permanent disability
  • Future medical expenses and therapy costs
  • Other compensatory and punitive damages
  • Loss of consortium

Determining Liability in an AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit

Your firefighting foam lawyers will determine what company or companies may be liable for your injuries or diagnoses.

It’s important to hire a law firm that understands the complexity of mass tort cases and particularly AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits.

Multiple firefighting foam manufacturers and companies, upwards of twenty, have been found liable in AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits.

These companies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 3M
  • DuPont
  • Chemours
  • Tyco Fire Products
  • Chemguard Inc
  • ChemDesign Inc
  • Over a dozen other companies

As mentioned above, liability will be determined by your firefighting foam lawyers.

Your personal injury lawyers will demand financial compensation for your damages from companies that are complicit in your suffering.

AFFF Foam Exposure Victims Developed Cancer and Other Health Problems

Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is used by fire departments, military bases, and airports to control highly flammable liquid fires such as those caused by oil, gasoline, and jet fuel.

AFFF firefighting foam has been around since the 1970s as a highly effective fire suppressant.

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AFFF has largely been replaced in most fire control operations, but it is still used today in dangerous situations.

AFFF firefighting foam contains PFAS chemicals, also known as forever chemicals.

PFAS contamination has been associated with numerous health effects:

Cancer Diagnoses

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

Other Health Problems

  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Changes in liver enzymes
  • Small decreases in infant birth weights
  • Decreased vaccine response in children
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia in pregnant women

TorHoerman Law: Your Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawyers

TorHoerman Law is accepting clients for AFFF lawsuits in all 50 states.

Our firefighting foam lawyers have decades of litigation experience and have secured over $4 billion in compensation for people harmed at no fault of their own.

Experienced AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawyers

We understand the difficulties of dealing with long-term injuries and tragic diagnoses.

Our law firm will fight hard to secure rightful financial compensation for the damages incurred so that you can focus on your recovery.

Contact us for a free consultation or use the chatbot on this page to see if you instantly qualify for an AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit.

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