Fire Foam Cancer Lawsuit: AFFF Linked to PFAS, Cancer, & More

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On this page, we’ll discuss the AFFF Fire Foam Cancer Lawsuit, AFFF being linked to PFAS, cancer and other diseases caused by AFFF exposure, how to file an AFFF firefighting foam lawsuit, and much more.

Intro to the AFFF Fire Foam PFAS Cancer Lawsuits

Aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) or class b firefighting foam was used in several areas and industries to extinguish highly flammable liquid fires started by gasoline, oil, jet fuel, and other liquids.

AFFF firefighting foam has been largely phased out and its used restricted due to adverse health outcomes in those exposed.

Certain brands of firefighting foam have been manufactured using chemicals known as PFAS.

PFAS exposure has been linked to an increased risk of developing cancer.

Several cancers have been associated with chronic PFAS exposure, and people regularly exposed to AFFF may be at a higher risk for developing cancer.

AFFF Cancer Lawsuits are being filed against AFFF manufacturers.

Thousands of affected individuals are getting in touch with lawyers to seek compensation for their damages.

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.

Our law firm is working with individuals to file lawsuits and hold AFFF manufacturers liable for the dangers and harmful forever chemicals present in certain firefighting foams.

PFAS exposure has extremely negative effects on human health, and the AFFF litigation aims to hold negligent companies liable for the dangers of these toxic substances.

Reach out to our law firm if you or a loved one used firefighting foam regularly and developed cancer. We’re here to help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

To find out if you qualify for the firefighting foam lawsuit, use the free and confidential chatbot on this page.

Our AFFF Lawsuit case evaluator can determine whether you qualify to file a claim in under two minutes.

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AFFF Lawsuits are filed against various AFFF manufacturers.

These companies include:

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

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.

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No, there is not currently an AFFF Class Action Lawsuit for cancer and other injuries related to exposure.

The AFFF Lawsuits are currently consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL).

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

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) and class action lawsuits are different from one another.

In a class action lawsuit, a potential settlement would be distributed evenly among all plaintiffs.

In regard to a potential settlement in the AFFF MDL, a potential settlement would be distributed to plaintiffs according to the facts and damages of their individual AFFF Cancer Lawsuits.

There is NO upfront cost to hire our team of experienced firefighting foam lawyers.

TorHoerman Law works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you DO NOT have to pay to file an AFFF Lawsuit.

In a contingency fee agreement, fees for legal representation are taken out of the settlement awarded after a successful AFFF Lawsuit.

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What Is Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF)?

What Is Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF)

Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) is a firefighting agent used to suppress and extinguish flammable liquid fires.

It is a type of foam concentrate that is mixed with water to create a foam solution.

AFFF is known for its ability to rapidly spread across the surface of flammable liquids, making a blanket-like film that helps to separate the fuel from the air, preventing the fire from reigniting.

Despite being an efficient fire extinguisher, firefighting foam has been linked to human health effects and severe environmental concerns.

Agencies Signal Concern for AFFF Exposure

In 2022, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) addressed the health problems certain firefighting foams cause.

According to the department, some firefighting foam brands may contain per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, dangerous chemicals known for their persistence in the environment and the human body.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also raises concerns about its environmental impacts.

The agency said this chemical could contaminate water and soil, leading to severe health risks.

How Can You Get Exposed To Firefighting Foam?

How Can You Get Exposed To Firefighting Foam

Exposure to the toxic per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances is common in several occupations.

It’s important to note that exposure to firefighting foam can vary depending on the specific foam formulation used, the concentration of foam in the solution, and the duration and intensity of exposure.

Additionally, the potential health risks associated with exposure to firefighting foam are an area of ongoing research and investigation.

Occupational Exposure

Firefighters, military personnel, and other emergency responders are at a higher risk of occupational exposure to AFFF.

During firefighting operations, foam concentrates are often used to suppress and extinguish flammable liquid fires.

Workers in chemical plants, factories, and other industrial operations can also be exposed to AFFF.

Workers responsible for AFFF transportation, cleanup, and disposal are also at a high risk of exposure.

Using AFFF without proper personal protective equipment can lead to direct exposure through skin contact, inhalation of aerosolized foam particles, or ingestion of foam-contaminated water or food.

Individuals may also come into contact with foam residues during the cleanup and decontamination process after a fire incident.

Usage of AFFF Products

Apart from occupational exposure, individuals who handle or use AFFF products in various industries — such as industrial facilities, airports, military bases, and firefighting training centers — can also be exposed to firefighting foam.

This can occur during routine maintenance and testing of firefighting equipment, foam system inspections, or accidental releases during storage or transport.

Ingestion or Inhalation

Ingestion or inhalation of firefighting foam can occur when foam-contaminated water sources are consumed or when foam particles become airborne and are subsequently inhaled.

For example, firefighting foam runoff can contaminate groundwater or surface water, which may be used as drinking water sources.

In some cases, firefighting foam has been released into water bodies during training exercises or firefighting operations, leading to the potential for human exposure through ingestion or inhalation of foam-contaminated water or air.

What Are the Symptoms of AFFF Exposure?

The symptoms of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) exposure can vary depending on the duration and intensity of exposure, individual sensitivity, and the specific composition of the firefighting foam.

What Are The Symptoms Of AFFF Exposure

It’s important to note that research on the health effects of AFFF exposure is still ongoing, and the following symptoms are based on current knowledge:

  • Skin irritation, redness, itching, or a rash
  • Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, or throat irritation
  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Eye irritation, redness, tearing, or a burning sensation
  • Liver damage, kidney effects, endocrine disruption, immune system alterations, or potential developmental effects

It’s essential to seek medical attention if you experience any concerning symptoms after exposure to AFFF or firefighting foam.

Healthcare professionals can provide appropriate guidance and treatment based on your specific situation.

Diseases and Injuries Related to AFFF Exposure

PFAS chemicals found in AFFFs are associated with various life-threatening health risks.

Many health conditions have been identified as having strong links to firefighting foam and PFAS exposure, and others are still being extensively studied.

Below are different human health effects of exposure to PFAS in firefighting foam.

Diseases And Injuries Related To AFFF Exposure

Cancer Development

Long-term exposure to AFFF containing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) has been associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancer.

Studies have suggested a potential link between AFFF exposure and the development of kidney cancer, testicular cancer, pancreatic cancer, and some types of lymphoma.

The relationship between AFFF exposure and cancer development is still being researched, and more studies are needed to fully understand the scope of health problems related to firefighting foam cancer.

The following cancers may be caused by exposure to PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam:

Fertility and Child Development Problems

PFAS chemicals used in some AFFF formulations have been associated with reproductive and developmental issues.

Long-term exposure to these chemicals may impact fertility in both men and women, leading to decreased sperm quality, hormonal imbalances, or difficulties in conceiving.

Exposure during pregnancy has been linked to adverse effects on fetal development, including low birth weight, preterm birth, and potential developmental abnormalities.

It’s crucial to note that AFFF formulations containing PFOA and PFOS have been phased out or significantly reduced in many states to mitigate these risks.

Thyroid Diseases

PFOA and PFOS have also been associated with thyroid diseases.

These chemicals can disrupt the normal functioning of the thyroid gland, leading to imbalances in thyroid hormone levels.

Long-term exposure to AFFF may increase the risk of thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

Thyroid disorders can significantly impact metabolism, energy levels, and overall well-being.

Damage to the Immune System

Exposure to AFFF components — particularly PFOA and PFOS — has been linked to immune system alterations.

PFOA and PFOS can affect immune cell function, weakening immune response and increasing susceptibility to infections and diseases.

Long-term exposure to these chemicals may impact the body’s ability to regulate immune system balance and response, potentially increasing the risk of autoimmune disorders.

Are You Eligible To File an AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit?

Are You Eligible To File An AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit

Filing AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the legal process.

Our Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawyers are here to help you through the legal process and pursue financial compensation on your behalf.

If you or a loved one were exposed to AFFF and subsequently developed cancer, 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 for a Firefighting Foam Lawsuit instantly.

Our law firm will help you complete the steps necessary to file an AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit, which include gathering evidence and assessing damages.

Your Firefighting Foam Lawyers will also help to determine liability for your damages.

Gathering Evidence for an AFFF Lawsuit

Gathering evidence regarding AFFF exposure and medical records showing your diagnosis is crucial.

Your Firefighting Foam Lawyers can help you gather and retain evidence, but you should try your best to secure records on your own.

Gathering Evidence For AFFF Lawsuits

Evidence in AFFF lawsuits may include the following pieces:

  • 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 in an AFFF Lawsuit

Damages refer to the total amount of economic and non-economic losses incurred due to AFFF exposure and the subsequent medical condition.

Damages in an AFFF Lawsuit will be calculated and determined with the help of your lawyer.

Gathering Evidence For AFFF Lawsuits

Below are short explanations of the different types of damages:

  • Economic damage: This directly reflects the monetary expenses incurred because of the illness or injury. This includes medical expenses, treatment costs, and lost wages due to missed time at work.
  • Non-economic damage: This estimates the subjective and emotional burdens you’ve experienced due to your diagnosis. This includes pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, or emotional distress.
  • Punitive damages: If the responsible party acted with gross negligence or malice towards their customers, punitive damages may be awarded. These are meant to deter similar behavior in the future.

Specific examples of potential damages in AFFF Foam Lawsuits may include:

  • Medical bills and medical expenses
  • Future medical bills
  • Lost wages and earning ability
  • Permanent disability
  • Lost quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Other compensatory and punitive damages

The damages an individual may claim in an AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit will vary on a case-by-case basis.

For more information about damages in an AFFF Foam Lawsuit, contact our law firm for a free consultation.

TorHoerman Law: Experienced Firefighting Foam Lawyers

Aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) has been used in countless industries over the years and many innocent people were exposed to toxic chemicals within firefighting foam and subsequently developed cancer.

AFFF Lawsuits aim to hold manufacturers liable for the harm they’ve allowed to happen, and our law firm is speaking with people about filing AFFF Lawsuits daily.

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 an experienced firefighting foam attorney from TorHoerman Law for a free consultation.

You can also use the chatbot on this page to find out if you qualify to file a firefighting foam lawsuit instantly.

Our law firm is committed to helping people harmed by dangerous chemicals and toxic exposure to file suit and secure financial compensation for what they’ve experienced.

We aren’t afraid to take on large corporations and companies for their negligence.

Reach out to our Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawyers for more information.

We’re here to help you.

Tor Hoerman

Tor Hoerman

Owner & Attorney - TorHoerman Law


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