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Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) has been in various military installations and bases for decades.
Also known as Class B firefighting foam, AFFF firefighting foam is highly effective against fires caused by combustible substances like jet fuel and gasoline.
Despite its effectiveness, AFFF has been found to be a persistent health and environmental threat due to the presence of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, PFAS chemicals in AFFF firefighting foam can cause various illnesses, including prostate cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and thyroid conditions.
Many military service members, Navy personnel, and military firefighters have suffered from the negative effects of AFFF firefighting foam and PFAS chemicals due to occupational exposure.
As a result, individuals are filing AFFF firefighting foam cancer lawsuits, many of which are consolidated into AFFF MDL 2873.
If you’ve developed any illness from your occupational exposure to PFAS in AFFF foam, you may be eligible to join the AFFF firefighting foam lawsuit.
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Lawsuits are being filed against firefighting foam manufacturers for injuries and health problems linked to AFFF exposure.
Current AFFF Lawsuits and pending AFFF Lawsuits are being consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL).
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Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) is a vital firefighting tool for combating flammable liquid fires or fires caused by combustible liquid agents.
Produced in collaboration between the US Navy and 3M, AFFF firefighting foam was widely used by many military branches and eventually found uses at municipal airports and other locations at risk of highly flammable liquid fires.
AFFF concentrate transforms into a foam solution with unique properties upon contact with water.
Unlike most fire extinguishing agents, AFFF distinguishes itself through its remarkable capacity to rapidly expand across the surface of flammable liquids.
AFFF forms a blanket over flames and their causative agents and effectively segregates the fuel source from the surrounding air. As a result, the flames die out and no rekindling occurs.
A significant ingredient that enables AFFF firefighting foam to serve its purpose is per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.
PFAS chemicals – also known as “forever chemicals” – increase the shelf life of AFFF firefighting foam and contributes to the the firefighting foam’s effectiveness.
Unfortunately, these “forever chemicals” are known to cause various illnesses and have been deemed health and environmental threats by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other organizations.
Other than injuries and health conditions related to direct exposure, these agencies have found that AFFF firefighting foam can contaminate groundwater and remain on surfaces.
Due to the health risks posed by AFFF firefighting foam, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other organizations are working on efforts to completely phase out the use of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF).
Exposure to firefighting foam has been linked to a number of health problems.
Countless individuals exposed to firefighting foam have developed cancer or other serious health issues.
Cancers that have been associated with exposure to firefighting foam include:
Other health problems associated with exposure to AFFF include:
Several research studies conducted on both AFFF firefighting foam and PFAS chemicals have shown that these chemicals put individuals at risk for a variety of health issues.
Studies on the links between AFFF exposure and health problems include the following:
Military service members, flight-deck workers, and military firefighters are filing AFFF lawsuits to seek compensation for health conditions linked to exposure to toxic firefighting foam.
Individuals have been exposed to firefighting foam during military service in a number of ways, including:
Training exercises are a must to hone firefighting skills effectively.
In the past, AFFF was used to simulate firefighting scenarios, providing realistic training environments.
However, this exposure can pose risks to the health of firefighters and other personnel.
Firefighters and trainees may come into contact with AFFF foam through inhalation, skin contact, and even accidental ingestion.
The inhalation of AFFF foam particulates can also occur when it is sprayed to extinguish fires, leading to the potential inhalation of aerosolized foam particles.
Skin contact can happen when trainees handle AFFF containers or come into direct contact with the foam while fighting simulated fires.
Trainees could accidentally swallow foam during training exercises, ingesting the toxic chemicals and potentially resulting in bioaccumulation.
In many AFFF firefighting foam cases, victims were exposed to firefighting foam from extinguishing fires on aircraft carriers or flight decks.
The primary route of exposure on aircraft carriers and flight decks is inhalation.
During fire emergencies, AFFF foam is discharged in substantial quantities, generating aerosolized particles that can be inhaled by personnel present on deck.
These aerosolized particles may contain PFAS, which can accumulate in the body over time, potentially leading to adverse health effects.
Direct contact with AFFF-contaminated surfaces may result in skin exposure, particularly if personnel come into contact with foam residues after firefighting operations.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), PFAS chemicals can enter the skin and predispose exposed individuals to various cancers and health conditions.
In other emergency scenarios, AFFF foam has used by firefighters and emergency responders to combat various types of fires, including those in chemical plants, airports, and disasters involving highly flammable materials.
These scenarios often involve the immediate deployment of AFFF foam to suppress fires and protect lives and property.
Like the other forms of exposure mentioned earlier, inhalation remains the main route of exposure for military firefighters and personnel responding to emergencies.
Skin contact and accidental ingestion are also routes of exposure for first responders as they may inadvertently touch AFFF-contaminated surfaces or their protective gear.
Workers involved in the transportation and disposal of AFFF foam are also susceptible to exposure risks.
AFFF foam is typically transported in large tanks or trucks, and improper handling or accidents during transportation can lead to exposure.
Workers may inhale vapors or come into contact with spilled foam, leading to potential health hazards.
The disposal of AFFF foam is another critical aspect of its lifecycle.
AFFF foam is commonly disposed of through incineration or dumping in disposal sites, which can present risks to workers responsible for these activities.
AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuits are being filed against firefighting foam manufacturers by individuals exposed to firefighting foam who have subsequently developed cancer or other health issues.
AFFF Lawsuits are backed by individual medical evidence presented by each plaintiff, as well as records, documents, and scientific evidence that exposes the links between AFFF exposure and cancer diagnosis, among other health conditions.
Personal injury claims for AFFF exposure have been consolidated into the AFFF Firefighting Foam MDL, centralized in the US District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Municipal water contamination cases have also been filed against AFFF manufacturers by governmental bodies and water agencies.
Municipal water contamination cases claim that improper disposal and dumping of AFFF firefighting foam resulted in groundwater contamination.
If you or a loved one were exposed to AFFF firefighting foam and subsequently developed cancer or other related health problems, you may be eligible to file an AFFF Lawsuit.
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AFFF lawsuits are filed against several AFFF manufacturers.
These manufacturers not only produced toxic firefighting foam products, but also supplied the military facilities and installations their products would be used in.
The defendants in the AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits include the following:
The AFFF litigation consists of thousands of personal injury claims.
To handle the number of cases, AFFF lawsuits were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL).
The AFFF firefighting foam MDL was filed in the U.S. District Court: District of South Carolina as MDL 2873.
As the months go by, more victims are joining the AFFF litigation.
If you’ve developed cancer or any illness linked to AFFF firefighting foam, you have a right to hold negligent AFFF manufacturers responsible.
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Various health conditions have been associated with exposure to PFAS chemicals in AFFF firefighting foam.
Based on existing literature, AFFF exposure can predispose victims to the following illnesses:
Kidney cancer is one of the illnesses associated with PFAS exposure.
The National Cancer Institute discovered a strong correlation between exposure to PFAS from firefighting foam and high serum concentrations of PFAS.
High concentrations of PFAS in the blood can predispose individuals to developing kidney tumors.
While the exact mechanisms connecting AFFF foam to this form of cancer remain unclear, one prevailing theory revolves around the disruptive effects of PFAS chemicals found in firefighting foam on the endocrine system.
These disruptions can result in cellular irregularities within reproductive organs, particularly the testicles.
Prostate cancer is another ailment associated with a history of extended PFAS and AFFF exposure.
The National Cancer Institute’s research suggests that individuals exposed to PFAS-containing AFFF firefighting foam are more susceptible to developing prostate cancer.
Several studies have also highlighted a heightened risk of colorectal cancer associated with exposure to PFAS.
One such study was conducted by the University of New Hampshire, Georgetown University, and discovered elevated rates of colorectal cancer in a community exposed to PFAS chemicals.
In 2020, the University of California, Berkeley, looked into the effects of AFFF exposure on female firefighters in the local community.
By the end of the study, the researchers found elevated rates of breast cancer in female firefighters due to occupational exposure to AFFF foam.
PFAS chemicals in AFFF foam have endocrine-disrupting effects, meaning they can affect various glands like the thyroid gland.
With prolonged exposure comes an elevated risk of developing diseases like Graves disease (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism.
Institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Environmental Working Group (EWG), National Firefighter Registry (NFR), and others have found that exposure to PFAS containing firefighting foam can increase the risk for certain health problems.
AFFF foam exposure is highly serious, and lawyers across the country are filing AFFF lawsuits on behalf of those who have suffered.
If you or a loved one were exposed to AFFF and subsequently developed cancer or other health conditions, you may be eligible to file a firefighting foam cancer lawsuit.
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Firefighting foam attorneys can help clients throughout the legal process, completing crucial steps such as gathering evidence and assessing damages.
Gathering solid and comprehensive evidence is essential for personal injury claims, especially for litigation regarding exposure to PFAS-containing firefighting foam.
Lawyers can help their clients gather and retain evidence for their case.
Potential evidence included in AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits may include:
Damages refer to the total losses incurred as a result of exposure to AFFF firefighting foam.
Damages can be both economic and non-economic, and an experienced lawyer can help you determine and calculate damages.
Potential damages in AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits may include:
Our firefighting foam cancer lawyers are currently accepting clients for the AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits from all 50 states.
Companies that produced and distributed aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) are facing thousands of AFFF lawsuits.
If you or a loved one were exposed to AFFF and subsequently developed cancer or other health issues, you may be eligible to file an AFFF Lawsuit.
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There has not yet been a firefighting foam lawsuit settlement reached in the MDL.
However, firefighting foam lawyers estimate that individual compensation in the AFFF Lawsuit may range between $40,000 to $300,000 or more depending on the strength of the case and other individual factors.
These AFFF Lawsuit settlement projections are by no means a guarantee of compensation in the AFFF Lawsuit.
Firefighting foam settlement projections are merely estimations based on prior mass tort cases for cancer diagnosis and other similar exposure related injuries.
For more information on what you may be able to expect for a firefighter foam lawsuit settlement, reach out to an experienced firefighting foam attorney.
No, there is not an AFFF Firefighting Foam Class Action Lawsuit.
AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits are consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL).
MDL, although it may appear similar to class action cases, is a separate and unique federal legal procedure.
MDL consolidates cases that contain similar facts and circumstances into a singular federal court.
In multidistrict litigation, plaintiffs retain their individuality.
This means that in the event of an AFFF settlement, individuals would receive compensation that is calculated according to the facts, circumstances, and damages in their singular AFFF Lawsuit.
In the event of a settlement in a class action lawsuit, however, claimants receive the same amount of money regardless of their individual circumstances.
Some law firms use the terms “AFFF Class Action Lawsuit” or “AFFF Class Action MDL” to describe the AFFF Firefighting Foam MDL, but these terms are incorrect.
Former military firefighters and other military personnel exposed to firefighting foam may be eligible to both claim VA disability compensation and also file firefighting foam cancer lawsuits against the companies who produced the chemicals they were exposed to.
The VA recognizes that PFAS exposure may be linked to several health problems and cancers.
To establish the presence of AFFF-caused health problems, medical records containing your cancer diagnosis will be requested by the VA.
However, you must also establish a clear link between your exposure to AFFF firefighting foam and the specific health conditions you are experiencing.
For more information, read our guide on VA Claims for Exposure to AFFF.
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