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Aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) was used, primarily by the US military, to extinguish highly flammable fires that are fueled by liquid or gas since the 1960s.
AFFF firefighting foam contains PFAS chemicals, also known as forever chemicals, which have been linked to numerous types of cancer, including thyroid disease, and other serious health risks.
The use of AFFF firefighting foam products has been slowly phased out for the most part, but a countless number of people have suffered health effects potentially linked to AFFF exposure.
AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits are being filed across the country by individuals who’ve suffered from exposure.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with thyroid disease, cancer, or any other related health problems, you may be eligible to file an AFFF firefighting foam lawsuit.
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AFFF foam was long used by civilian and military firefighters to extinguish highly flammable liquid fires.
However, despite its effectiveness against chemical fires and its long shelf life, AFFF firefighting foam contains various chemicals like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that lead to health risks like thyroid disease.
AFFF firefighting foam and the increased risk of developing thyroid disease are well-documented.
Various studies corroborate the link between thyroid disease and chronic exposure to PFAS chemicals in AFFF foam.
For example, a 2018 meta-analysis looked into the correlation between exposure to PFAS chemicals and the development of thyroid disease and cancer.
Based on its findings, various studies had consistent data revealing a decrease in thyroid hormones in individuals exposed to PFAS chemicals.
Also, based on a 2020 review of old and new-generation PFAS chemicals, PFAS chemicals have thyroid-disrupting effects.
The study stated that pregnant women and developing children are the most at risk.
The thyroid-related health risks posed by toxic firefighting foam are hard to ignore, so agencies have looked into other at-risk populations.
In a report on PFAS and PFAS exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency identifies children and industrial workers to be the most at-risk populations.
Military firefighters were particularly in harm’s way due to their consistent exposure to PFAS chemicals in AFFF firefighting foam.
Chemical manufacturers and the U.S. Navy, who first approved AFFF firefighting foam for use, knew about its toxic effects for decades.
Urged by the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense finally submitted an official warning stating that the dangerous chemicals in AFFF present an increased risk for serious health problems and environmental contamination.
In several research studies, PFAS chemicals have been linked to an increased risk for cancer and other serious health problems.
With the number of chemicals used in firefighting foam, the health impacts of them are widespread.
Airport firefighters, military firefighters, chemical plant workers, and workers who transport and manufacture firefighting foam are all especially at risk.
Studies on the links between AFFF Exposure and Health Problems include the following:
Numerous health problems have been associated with AFFF exposure.
Health risks associated with exposure to PFAS containing firefighting foam include:
The AFFF foam lawsuits are a collection of lawsuits filed by victims of exposure to PFAS chemicals in toxic firefighting foam.
The plaintiffs in the case consist of military firefighters who served in the U.S. Military’s facilities and installations, as well as airport workers, civilian firefighters, industrial workers, and more.
Plaintiffs are filing AFFF lawsuits against various AFFF manufacturers for the diseases they’ve developed from harmful exposure to PFAS chemicals in AFFF firefighting foam.
Due to the overwhelming number of AFFF firefighting foam cases, the AFFF litigation has been consolidated into the AFFF multidistrict litigation (MDL)
The AFFF firefighting foam MDL has been filed in the U.S. District Court: District of South Carolina under MDL 2873.
The defendants in the AFFF firefighting foam cancer lawsuits include various AFFF manufacturers.
These manufacturers supplied AFFF firefighting foam products to various military bases and facilities, airports, and more.
Here are the defendants in the AFFF lawsuits:
As the proceedings unfold in the AFFF lawsuit, and more victims file their personal injury claims, more manufacturers may join the list of defendants.
If the lawsuits are successful, victims will be entitled to AFFF firefighting foam settlements.
The AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits are underway, but no AFFF lawsuit settlement has been awarded.
However, as experienced firefighting foam lawyers and product liability attorneys, we can estimate the settlement amounts plaintiffs can recover after a successful settlement.
Based on past product liability MDLs we’ve represented clients in, we estimate AFFF firefighter foam lawsuit settlement amounts to be anywhere from $100,000 to $300,000.
These are projections based on results in prior mass tort cases and are not a guarantee of an AFFF Lawsuit settlement by any means.
Also, how much you recover will depend on your case’s specifics — particularly your evidence of exposure and the illnesses you’ve developed.
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Have you or a loved one developed thyroid disease from AFFF foam exposure?
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Experienced AFFF lawyers can help victims build their case, completing necessary steps of the legal process such as gathering evidence and assessing damages.
Evidence is extremely important when filing AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuits.
Evidence gathering is a process you can begin on your own, but an experienced AFFF lawyer can help you with this step.
Evidence in AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits may include:
As your attorneys, we can accurately assess all the losses you’ve incurred in the treatment and management of your thyroid disease.
The losses you’ve suffered will be both economic and non-economic — and we calculate both to maximize your firefighting foam lawsuit settlement.
Damages in AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits may include:
If you lost someone to health problems caused by toxic firefighting foam, you may be able to recover other damages, including:
Pursuing compensation from AFFF foam manufacturers isn’t something you should do alone.
You need an attorney to represent your interests, fight for a fair settlement, and protect your rights throughout the AFFF firefighting foam lawsuit.
Our law firm will use your evidence to establish liability on behalf of those responsible for your health problems.
Our experienced firefighting foam lawyers will use their expertise and experience in product liability and mass tort claims to ensure the best possible outcome for your AFFF case.
We accurately evaluate your losses and ensure that you get compensated for them.
With us in your corner, you can maximize your chances of recovering a fair settlement that compensates you for everything you’ve gone through.
The AFFF lawyers at TorHoerman Law have won over $4 billion in prior mass tort cases and personal injury litigations.
Our AFFF lawyers are known for holding large corporations and chemical manufacturers liable for the harm they’ve caused and securing financial compensation for people harmed at no fault of their own.
If you or a loved one have developed cancer or other adverse health outcomes after being regularly exposed to firefighting foam, you may be eligible to file an AFFF lawsuit and seek financial compensation.
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Toxic chemicals in AFFF firefighting foam have been linked to several health risks, including cancer diagnosis, neurological issues, and other diseases.
Victims of AFFF exposure deserve an adequate and fair AFFF settlement.
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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.
No settlements have been reached in the AFFF litigation as of yet, but lawyers estimate that AFFF lawsuit settlement amounts may fall between $40,000 to $300,000 or more depending on the strength of the case and other individual factors.
These settlement figures are by no means a guarantee of financial compensation in the AFFF Lawsuit, they are merely projections based on knowledge of prior mass tort cases and settlements for cancer diagnosis.
No, there is not an AFFF Class Action Lawsuit for individuals suffering from health problems linked to AFFF exposure.
Rather, these AFFF lawsuits filed by individuals are consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL).
The AFFF MDL centralizes all cases filed by individuals into one singular district court for consistency of decision making and scientific discovery.
Current AFFF Lawsuits and pending AFFF Lawsuits are being sent to the AFFF MDL.
The AFFF MDL is centralized in the US District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Many law firms use the terms “AFFF Class Action Lawsuit” and “AFFF Class Action MDL” to refer to the AFFF MDL, but these terms are incorrect.
Besides lawsuits filed by individuals impacted by AFFF exposure, local and state governments have also filed AFFF Lawsuits against manufacturers for contamination of water sources.
These jurisdictions and localities have taken action against AFFF manufacturers include, but are not limited to:
Several water agencies have also filed lawsuits against AFFF manufacturers.
The signs and symptoms of thyroid disease depend on the type of disease.
There are two main types of thyroid diseases, namely hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
Here are the symptoms for both.