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Were you a firefighter and have developed cancer? You may eligible for a firefighter foam lawsuit.
For up to 60 years, firefighters, especially those who have served in the U.S. military and at many U.S. airports, have used fire-fighting foam made from chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These substances are now known to be potentially carcinogenic.
If you, or a loved one, worked as a firefighter and have developed cancer, you may be able to claim compensation through a PFAS lawsuit against the manufacturers of these dangerous substances.
Cancers potentially caused by firefighting foam:
Some of the most common types of cancers may have been caused by PFAS are:
What is firefighting foam?
Firefighting foam has been manufactured and used by firefighters since the 1950s. It is more correctly called aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). When sprayed on to anything on fire, it forms a blanket over the affected area, preventing any oxygen from getting to the fire surface.
It is highly effective at putting out fires, especially dangerous petrochemical fires, but there are now products that can do the same type of job but do not have the same carcinogenic properties.
The fact that this foam can cause cancers in firefighters is due to the biochemical properties of the main chemical substances used in AFFF. These are perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Because the foam is particularly effective in putting out fires, it was the only fire fighting material required by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to be used at U.S. airports right up until 2018.
One of the drawbacks of PFAS is that it is highly persistent in the human body. Any PFAS that is ingested or breathed in to a firefighter’s body typically stays there and builds up to dangerous concentrations. There have also been reports of firefighting foam contaminating some waterways. Any contamination of water that could be used for human use could have some effect on human health beyond the firefighting environment.
Which firefighters are most at risk?
It seems that the majority of firefighters who have developed cancer as a result of exposure to PFSS containing firefighter foam have worked as firefighters at U.S. airports or as military firefighters.
The U.S. military, including the U.S. Navy, has been using this type of firefighting foam for over 60 years, since the 1950s. The Navy even used PFSS containing foam for non-critical missions and on training exercises. Because of recent concerns about its carcinogenic properties, the military is now switching to less dangerous products.
Who has been warning about firefighting foam?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have all been warning about the potentially carcinogenic properties of PFAS containing firefighting foam.
A firefighting foam lawsuit may be your best solution to obtain compensation for PFAS causing cancers
If you, or a loved one, have developed cancer after working as a firefighter for long periods, your cancer may be linked to absorption of PFAS chemicals in the firefighting foam you may have used.
It is not right that you and your family should have to bear the awful physical and financial consequences caused by a chemical that was known by its manufacturers to potentially cause cancer. It is in your best interests to contact the Diaz Law Firm in Jackson, Mississippi to discuss your right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of PFAS containing foam.
A successful lawsuit can help to pay all your current and future medical bills, replace any lost earnings due to your illness, as well as pain and suffering compensation and possibly punitive damages.
Contact the Diaz Law Firm today at 800-459-2222 to discuss your potential case. We represents clients nationwide. We will fight for your maximum possible compensation.