Many firefighter and military families — and their neighbors — worry that years of exposure to PFAS from firefighting foams have caused long-term damage. Others have already developed complications and injuries from using the foams at work or having their water systems contaminated. Victims of AFFF and PFAS exposure deserve justice, and there are resources available to help.
If you sustained injuries or developed chemical exposure injuries and complications from using, being exposed to, or having your community contaminated by AFFF firefighting foams, there are steps you can take to better your situation. The following steps will help you to better heal and potentially earn compensation for your damages. Read on to learn more.
Report Your Injury
Report and document your injuries and complications. You should report your injuries to your local OSHA office as well as any government entities overseeing worker-related injuries and exposure complaints within your industry. Be sure to report the exposure to your health care provider and have them conduct a thorough health screening on you.
Military veterans who developed complications they believe are from PFAS exposure during service can contact the Department of Veterans Affairs Environmental Health Coordinators and/or file a claim.
Mitigate your Injury
It’s crucial that you mitigate your injuries and complications. Mitigation involves seeking medical care and following your doctor’s recommendations. Document your complications and injuries (with photos, writing, etc.) and track your doctors’ visits, medical treatments, medications, and any subsequent expenses. This evidence will help you heal and gives you a stronger case in a potential AFFF lawsuit.
Contact a Firefighting Foam Injury Lawyer
Contact a Firefighting Foam Attorney to discuss your injuries, complications, and any other problems you might have developed due to exposure to PFAS in firefighting foams. He or she will help you better understand your situation and if you have the potential for compensation from AFFF manufacturers, your employer, or other companies or agencies responsible for your PFAS exposure.
This will help determine if you should hire an AFFF attorney to pursue an AFFF lawsuit.