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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has used firefighting foam, called aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), in training exercises and real-world fire situations in the Navy and other branches of the military and army. In the 1980s, studies of the chemicals used in firefighting foam found that it could pose serious environmental and health risks to those who were exposed. Despite the warnings however, the foam's makers, as well as the Department of Defense, continued to use the product to fight fires, putting civilian and military firefighters at risk. If you or a loved one have been exposed to firefighting foam, even only for training purposes, and have been diagnosed with cancer, such as breast cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate or testicular cancer, you may be eligible to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

AJK Legal is currently investigating AFFF firefighting foam claims which have led to cancers in people exposed to firefighting foam in their careers. We partner and work with distinguished law firms across the nation to help consumers find the best medical care and achieve the best possible results with their claims. Call the AJK Legal today at (877) 448-8404 to set up a free, no obligation consultation, and find out how we can help you with your claim.

AFFF Firefighting Foam Linked to Cancer

If you were diagnosed with an illness that has been linked to exposure to AFFF or lost someone due to illness caused by AFFF, you may be eligible for compensation. People who have been exposed to AFFF, either directly from the foam or from water contaminated with it, have developed cancers such as:

Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas and others,

Additional studies have found a link between AFFF and kidney damage, multiple myeloma, thyroid disease, and more.

AFFF Hazards

Once released into the environment, the chemicals in AFFF firefighting foam may contaminate soil, surface water, and groundwater. The chemicals may also enter drain systems which can carry the chemicals to remote locations. Much of this exposure has been identified at military sites. Because of this, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has developed a map designating the sites of both suspected and confirmed contamination, and providing relevant information for those who may have been exposed. PFAS chemicals can enter and accumulate in the human body through water consumption or other forms of exposure, putting those who are exposed at risk of developing serious health problems including cancer. In 2018, a federal inquiry determined that PFAS chemicals are more dangerous than initially reported. This determination led to the revision of recommendations for safe levels of AFFF exposure.

AFFF Lawsuits Holding Firefighting Foam Manufacturers Accountable

Lawsuits are one way to hold firefighting foam manufacturers accountable for failing to warn consumers about the product’s health risks. The 3M Company, which manufactures and sells AFFF firefighting foam, is considered a responsible party for contaminated drinking water supplies near military bases at which the firefighting foam was used. The company is currently facing multiple lawsuits in which the plaintiffs argue that 3M and the other defendants knew that AFFF posed significant risks to human health but continued to market the products anyway and failed to disclose the health risks. Firefighting foam lawsuits from across the nation have been consolidated into one multi-district litigation in the District of South Carolina. Tyco Fire Products, Chemguard, Buckeye Fire Equipment, and National Foam are also being sued for continuing to manufacture the product despite knowing about potential cancer risks related to exposure to AFFF.

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Who May be at risk of AFFF Exposure?

The following occupations are considered to have the highest risk of AFFF exposure because they often involve working directly with firefighting foam: Firefighters, Military members, Airport workers, Chemical plant workers. Individuals who are not employed in any of these high-risk occupations may also be exposed to AFFF firefighting foam. Residents living in areas near firefighter foam use or disposal are also at risk of experiencing AFFF-related health effects. AFFF exposure may also result from groundwater contamination or the contamination of municipal water supplies in areas that have been affected by firefighting foam.

Contact Us to Discuss Your AFFF Firefighting Foam Exposure Claim

AJK Legal is currently investigating claims by firefighters and other individuals that have been exposed to AFFF firefighting foam. At our firm, we believe in providing the same level of dedicated advocacy in all matters, for all of our clients. For this reason, we prepare all cases with care and dedication. Following this philosophy, our lawyer has achieved a history of success with complex state and national cases. In addition to firefighting foam lawsuits, we have fought for workers’ rights and asbestos victims, and invite you to look at our results. To us, our clients are individuals, not case numbers. That is why we provide expert legal guidance specific to you and your situation. With AJK Legal Law Firm, you can trust that you will fight and stop at nothing to get you the best results possible. Contact AJK Legal Law Firm to discuss your AFFF firefighting foam exposure claim today at (877) 448-8404 and find out how we can help you.