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Firefighting Foam Lawsuit

Firefighting Foam Lawsuit

Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) or “firefighting foam” has been linked to a risk of cancer among firefighters, military and airport workers.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting firefighting foam induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cancer after using Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) , you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Chemical Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is Firefighting Foam?

Firefighting foam, also known as Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), is highly effective against liquid fuel fires that can’t be put out with water alone. AFFF is particularly effective against jet fuel, which is why it is commonly used by airports and militaries. AFFF also by some industries and civilian firefighters (commonly in training exercises).

What is the Problem?

AFFF foam contains multiple cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens) that are linked to a number of types of cancer, such as testicular cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer and other diseases. It also causes serious environmental pollution that is very difficult to clean up.

Toxic Chemicals in AFFF Foam

AFFF foam contains chemicals that accumulate in the human body and take thousands of years to break down in the environment, which is why they are called “forever chemicals.”

The toxic chemicals in AFFF include Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), which are collectively known as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Firefighting Foam Linked to Environmental Concerns

Environmental concerns about firefighting foam emerged as early as 1974, when the U.S. Navy debated releasing “a large raft of snow-white AFFF floating” into harbors. At the time, thousands of gallons of foam were being dumped in San Diego and Norfolk, Virginia.

Cancers Linked to Firefighting Foam

  • Testicular Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Tumors

Firefighting Foam Lawsuits Centralized in MDL

More than 750 lawsuits involving people with cancer who were exposed to firefighting foam have been centralized into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina — Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2873.

Nevada Firefighter Files AFFF Cancer Lawsuit

One lawsuit was filed in June 2020 by a former firefighter in Nevada who blames AFFF foam on his prostate cancer diagnosis in June 2018. He was exposed to the foam as a firefighter at Clark County Fire Station from 1981 through 2003 during routine training.

He was also stationed at an airport where the foam was used even more frequently. Unfortunately, he says he was never warned that the foam contained PFOA and/or PFOS, or that it might cause cancer.

The lawsuit was filed on June 5, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina — Case No. 2:20-cv-02154-RMG.

Do I have a Firefighting Foam Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting firefighting foam induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cancer after using Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) , you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Chemical Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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