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Firefighting Foam (AFFF) and PFAS

Aqueous Film-Forming Foam

What is AFFF?

Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) has been widely used in military and civilian firefighting since the 1970s. These foams suppress fires involving flammable liquids, such as gasoline or other fuels, by forming a barrier between the air and flammable vapors, effectively suffocating the flames.

Firefighters use this foam regularly in action and in training exercises. Those whose districts are located near or in airports tend to use them more often because the FAA requires regular training exercises that utilize AFFF.

Until the mid-1990s, 3M was the primary manufacturer of AFFF. Now there are several companies that manufacture the chemicals. In the early 2000s, after reports of cancer, some manufacturers began to phase in a replacement foam, but we believe the replacement foam causes similar problems.

What are the Dangers of AFFF?

AFFF contains toxic chemicals called PFAS, PFOS, and PFOA. Not only are these dangerous to the environment, but they also have been strongly linked to cancers. Military and civilian firefighters who are exposed to these foams over time have significantly increased cancer risks.

What Types of Cancer are Linked to AFFF?

The following cancers are linked to AFFF:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Why are People Suing?

3M and other companies have known about the link between AFFF and cancers for decades, yet they did not warn the public. They also knew that firefighters would face a substantially increased risk due to their frequent exposure to AFFF, yet they did nothing to inform them or help minimize the risk.

Who Qualifies for a Lawsuit?

Military and civilian firefighters exposed to AFFF who have been diagnosed with one of the above cancers are eligible for a lawsuit. Some family members are also eligible to file on behalf of their loved one in the event the exposed person has died.

Do Minors Qualify?

No. They would not have had sufficient exposure.

Are There Other Age Requirements for a Lawsuit?

Over age 75 at onset of cancer is a cutoff age, simply because of the number of other factors that contribute to cancer over the age of 75.

We accept these cases on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront fees or costs; we’ll even obtain your medical records. Plus, our attorneys only collect money if there is a settlement or court award against the negligent companies. One has nothing to lose, so call us today to see if you qualify.

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