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AFFF Lawsuit FAQ: Can Employees of AFFF Foam Manufacturers File Claims?

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  • There have been over 500 new filings within the last month in the AFFF firefighting foam litigation.

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Firefighting Foam Lawsuits Filed Against AFFF Foam Manufacturers

Question: Can employees of AFFF foam manufacturers file AFFF lawsuit claims?

In short, yes. Employees can file claims if they have suffered harm as a result of exposure.

These lawsuits allege that the AFFF foam manufacturers knew about the health risks associated with PFAS chemicals, but failed to warn the public or take adequate steps to protect people from these risks.

On this page, we’ll discuss this question in further depth, an overview of the AFFF Lawsuit, the list of manufacturers names in the AFFF lawsuits, health risks from AFFF exposure, and much more.

Intro to the Lawsuits Against AFFF Foam Manufacturers

Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) is a type of firefighting foam (also known as aqueous foam) used to extinguish flammable liquid fires.

It was developed in the late 1960s and has been widely used in ways such as:

  • Firefighting
  • Aircraft fire protection
  • Firefighting training

AFFF Lawsuit FAQ Can Employees of AFFF Foam Manufacturers File Claims

These chemicals are known to be hazardous to human health, and have been linked to various illnesses such as cancer, thyroid disease, and reproductive and developmental problems.

Therefore, if you are an employee of an AFFF foam manufacturer and have been exposed to the foam, you may be eligible to file a claim.

Due to occupational exposure to PFAS chemicals in AFFF firefighting foam products, employees of AFFF firefighting foam manufacturers may be at an increased risk for cancer.

For this reason, employees tasked with the manufacturing, transportation, or disposal of AFFF firefighting foam may be eligible to file AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits against responsible parties.

The AFFF Litigation has been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Current AFFF Lawsuits and pending AFFF Lawsuits may be consolidated into the AFFF Firefighting Foam MDL.

If you worked for a firefighting foam manufacturer and developed cancer from PFAS exposure, you may be eligible to file an AFFF lawsuit.

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Lawsuit Updates

April 1, 2024

The AFFF litigation continues to develop.

As of April 1st, there are now 7,738 AFFF lawsuits pending consolidation according to the most recent JPML filings.

This marks a significant increase from the 7,170 AFFF lawsuits reported as of March 1st.

The rise in the number of cases can largely be ascribed to heightened awareness and individuals learning of their options to seek compensation for exposure to firefighting foam.

Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) has been commonly used in several branches of the military and by firefighters due to its effectiveness in combating fuel-based fires.

However, concerns have risen over the health impacts of substances contained in AFFF.

The heart of these lawsuits lies in the claims that exposure to the chemicals in AFFF, particularly PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), may be linked to a number of serious health conditions.

Those who have had prolonged contact with AFFF, including many firefighters and military personnel, are particularly at risk and have been at the forefront of raising these concerns.

If you or someone you know has been in contact with AFFF and have experienced related health problems, it’s recommended that you contact an attorney to assess your options. 

Do not hesitate to contact our law firm for a free consultation. 

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April 1, 2024

How Workers May Suffer From Occupational Exposure to PFAS Chemicals in AFFF Firefighting Foam

Employees of AFFF manufacturers may be at risk of exposure to PFAS chemicals in AFFF firefighting foam.

By coming into direct contact with aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) at various points in the manufacturing process, workers may be susceptible to various health conditions.

Pathways of occupational exposure to AFFF include:

  • Exposure to AFFF during the manufacturing process
  • Exposure to AFFF during testing and quality control of firefighting foams
  • During cleanup procedures for AFFF products
  • During the storage and disposal of AFFF firefighting foam

During the AFFF Foam Manufacturing Process

Workers involved in AFFF manufacturing may be at risk for occupational exposure to PFAS chemicals at various stages.

A person’s exposure can take place during the mixing and pumping of toxic firefighting foam.

As workers actively participate in mixing, pumping, and applying AFFF firefighting foams, they may generate fine mist and vapors.

As workers generate mist, they may inhale the particles in the vapors, which will often contain PFAS chemicals — chemicals shown to cause cancer and other health problems.

The potential hazards aren’t just confined to the production process.

In cases of AFFF foam spills or leaks, the PFAS chemicals within the firefighting foam can disperse into the surroundings, being ingested by workers or infiltrating the surrounding environment.

This situation means that if you work in areas impacted by spills or leaks, there’s a potential for PFAS exposure through skin contact or accidental ingestion.

The polyfluoroalkyl substances in AFFF foam have been shown to pose serious health risks.

These illnesses can range from immune system issues to kidney and testicular cancer.

AFFF Firefighting Foam Testing and Quality Control

As workers carry out the testing process, exposure to the foam becomes a real possibility.

This exposure happens through various channels.

As the foam undergoes testing, it can transform into mists and vapors, which workers could unintentionally inhale.

The foam can also make direct contact with a worker’s skin or, in certain situations, might even be inadvertently ingested.

These scenarios can inadvertently expose workers to the PFAS or “forever chemicals” found in AFFF firefighting foam.

Cleanup Processes for AFFF Firefighting Foam

Workers may also risk AFFF exposure during cleanup procedures.

When workers clean-up AFFF firefighting foam, they may be exposed to PFAS chemicals by inhaling, touching, or ingesting the foam.

PFAS inhalation is the primary risk, commonly occurring during cleanup when airborne foam particles are released due to spills or leaks.

Workers might also risk exposure via skin contact when they manually handle AFFF fire fighting foam.

Foam splashes can place workers in direct contact with PFAS chemicals, increasing their risk of developing cancer.

Although less frequent, ingestion is possible, whether through swallowing foam or contact with the mouth.

However, despite the rarity of exposure via ingestion, it’s a possibility that workers shouldn’t write out.

When Storing and Disposing of AFFF Firefighting Foam

In roles involving storage and disposal, workers could potentially risk exposure to AFFF firefighting foam.

When workers are storing or disposing of AFFF foam, the possibility of exposure exists.

As with involvement in the manufacturing, testing, and cleanup process, inhalation, skin contact, and ingestion are the main ways through which exposure can happen.

Whether it is from the foam releasing into the air during these tasks or a spill or leak occurring, inhalation poses a significant risk.

Direct skin contact is another concern.

Health Risks of Exposure to PFAS-Containing AFFF Firefighting Foam

PFAS chemicals present in AFFFs carry significant health risks, some of which are life-threatening.

The Environmental Protection Agency and extensive research have found solid links between various health conditions and firefighting foam PFAS exposure — and more literature is surfacing to portray the true risks of AFFF firefighting foam and the toxic chemicals it contains.

Health risks associated with PFAS exposure may include:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Thyroid disease
  • Immune system deficiencies
  • Infertility and reproductive harm

Kidney and Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is one of the cancers AFFF foam has been associated with.

While the mechanisms behind how AFFF foam leads to this type of cancer are unclear, one theory is that the PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam disrupt endocrine functions.

The disruptions cause problems and cell aberrations in reproductive organs, particularly the testicles.

Besides testicular cancer, kidney cancer is another effect of PFAS exposure.

According to the National Cancer Institute, there is a correlation between individuals with high serum PFAS (i.e. PFAS in the blood) and the presence of kidney tumors.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is another type of cancer seen in individuals with a history of prolonged PFAS and AFFF exposure.

The National Cancer Institute found that individuals were more likely to develop prostate cancer if they were exposed to PFAS-containing AFFF firefighting foam.

Colorectal Cancer

Various studies are also linking AFFF exposure to an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

One 2015 study suggested that PFAS chemicals increased colon cancer cell invasiveness.

Due to the findings, the study’s researchers concluded that PFAS chemicals must be substances of concern.

Breast Cancer

AFFF exposure has also been associated with higher incidences of breast cancer.

According to a 2020 study done by the University of California, Berkeley, there’s evidence of increased breast cancer risk among female firefighters due to their exposure to the forever chemicals in AFFF foam.

Thyroid Illnesses

Thyroid diseases are another concern linked to PFAS chemicals like PFOA and PFOS.

These chemicals can disrupt the thyroid gland’s normal functioning, triggering imbalances in thyroid hormone levels.

Extended exposure to AFFF may escalate the risk of thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

These disorders can profoundly affect metabolism, energy levels, and overall well-being.

Immune System Problems

AFFF exposure, especially to PFOA and PFOS, has been correlated with adverse and life-threatening immune system changes.

These chemicals can interfere with immune cell function, weakening the immune response and heightening susceptibility to infections and diseases.

Prolonged exposure can undermine the body’s capacity to regulate immune balance and response and potentially elevate the risk of autoimmune disorders.

Infertility Issues

Prolonged exposure may impact fertility in both males and females.

Exposure can lead to reduced sperm quality, hormonal imbalances, or difficulties in conception.

For pregnant individuals, exposure can lead to negative outcomes in fetal development, including low birth weight, preterm birth, and potential developmental irregularities.

How Our AFFF Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawyers Can Help You

Dealing with the potential health risks from AFFF firefighting foam exposure is daunting.

If you’re in this situation, our team of AFFF firefighting foam lawyers is here to help.

The legal team at TorHoerman Law can help you seek justice due to our:

  • Expertise in handling AFFF firefighting foam personal injury claims.
  • Thorough case evaluation and investigation skills.
  • Experience in gathering evidence and assessing damages.
  • Past success in pursuing compensation for people harmed at no fault of their own.
  • Skills in navigating the civil litigation process.

Expertise in AFFF MDL Cases

Our attorneys specialize in civil litigation and personal injury claims related to AFFF firefighting foam exposure and its health consequences.

We possess a deep understanding of the intricate scientific, medical, and legal aspects involved in these cases.

We also have a keen understanding and decades of experience navigating the process of multidistrict litigation (MDL).

With our comprehensive knowledge, we’re equipped to represent you and help you seek justice.

Thorough Case Evaluation

We begin by conducting a thorough evaluation of your case to determine your eligibility for the AFFF firefighting foam lawsuit.

Our team will listen to your story, gather relevant information, and assess the potential links between your exposure to AFFF foam and any health issues you’re facing.

This evaluation forms the foundation for building a strong legal strategy tailored to your specific circumstances.

Building Your Case

Drawing on our legal expertise and MDL experience, we build a robust case to establish the connection between your AFFF foam exposure and any health complications you’re experiencing.

We will work with you to retain vital medical records that display links between your condition(s) and exposure to AFFF firefighting foam.

We work closely with experts and gather additional evidence that supports your claims.

By doing so, we strengthen your case and maximize your chances of success.

Pursuing a Fair AFFF Firefighter Foam Lawsuit Settlement

If you’ve suffered from health issues due to AFFF foam exposure, you deserve compensation for your medical expenses, pain, suffering, and other damages.

Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who will advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to.

Navigate the AFFF MDL Process on Your Behalf

Legal procedures can be complex and overwhelming, especially when dealing with health-related matters.

Our team is well-versed in navigating the legal processes and will guide you through every step, ensuring you understand your rights and options.

Do You Qualify for the AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit?

Our Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawyers are here to help victims through the lawsuit process and help them seek justice.

If you’ve developed cancer or any other illness after being exposed to AFFF firefighting foam, you may be eligible to file an AFFF lawsuit.

Our firefighting foam attorneys at TorHoerman Law can assist you with your claim.

Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation.

You can also use the chatbot on this page to find out if you qualify for the AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit instantly.

Lawyers handling AFFF Foam Lawsuits will help victims gather and retain evidence, assess damages, and pursue compensation.

Gather Evidence for Your AFFF Exposure

Evidence is extremely important for personal injury claims.

Your AFFF lawyers can help you gather and retain evidence, but this is a part of the process you may be able to start on your own.

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

Assessing Damages for the AFFF Lawsuit

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

TorHoerman Law: Your Firefighting Foam Lawyers

Our law firm is accepting clients for AFFF Lawsuits in all 50 states.

Tackling major corporations and businesses for their negligence doesn’t intimidate us — we’re ready to stand up for justice.

If you or a loved one were exposed to aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) and subsequently developed cancer or other health problems, you may be eligible to file an AFFF Lawsuit.

Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who are Defendants in the AFFF Lawsuits?

    AFFF Lawsuits are being filed against a variety of manufacturers, and these lawsuits have been consolidated into the AFFF Firefighting Foam MDL.

    Various AFFF manufacturers have been named as defendants in the AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit, including:

    • 3M
    • DuPont
    • Chemours
    • Tyco Fire Products
    • Corteva Inc.
    • BASF Corp.
    • Arkema Inc.
    • Dynax Corp.
    • And several other AFFF foam manufacturers

  • What are the Average AFFF Lawsuit Settlement Amounts?

    There has not yet been an AFFF settlement.

    Despite this, firefighting foam attorneys 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.

    Projections for AFFF Lawsuit settlements 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.

  • Is There an AFFF Class Action Lawsuit?

    No, there is not an AFFF Class Action Lawsuit for personal injury claims related to AFFF exposure.

    Rather, these lawsuits (as well as municipal water contamination cases) are consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL).

    The AFFF Firefighting Foam MDL is centralized in the US District Court for the District of South Carolina.

    There are significant differences between MDL and class action lawsuits, particularly in settlement distribution.

    In the event of an AFFF Firefighter Foam Lawsuit settlement, compensation would be distributed among clients according to the circumstances and damages present in their individual claims.

    In a class action lawsuit, settlement compensation is distributed evenly among all claimants regardless of their individual circumstances.

  • How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Firefighting Foam Law Firm?

    The firefighting foam attorneys at TorHoerman Law work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we DO NOT charge for legal representation unless we win your case.

    No win, no fee.

    This also means that you DO NOT have to pay any up-front money to hire our firefighting foam attorneys.

  • Do I Qualify For The AFFF Lawsuit?

    If you or a loved one were exposed to AFFF firefighting foam and subsequently diagnosed with cancer or other health problems, you may be eligible to file an AFFF Lawsuit.

    Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation.

    You can also use the chatbot on this page to find out if you qualify to file an AFFF Firefighter Lawsuit instantly.

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