Firefighting foam (aqueous film-forming foam “AFF”)) is a chemical product that has been used for years by firemen and in other commercial applications to extinguish fires.
Various studies have recently shown, however, that chronic use or exposure to firefighting can cause certain types of cancer. This discovery has led to a wave of firefighting foam lawsuits by former firemen and others who developed cancer after long periods of occupational exposure to AFF.
Our lawyers are accepting new clients throughout the country for inclusion in the nationwide class action lawsuit.
Does Firefighting Foam (AFF) Cause Cancer?
AFF firefighting foam is a special type of fire extinguishing chemical that is used to put out very intense fires. Firefighting foam products contain chemicals known as polyfluroalkyl materials or PFAS. PFAS are what makes the product so effective at putting out fires, but they also make it toxic.
In 2016, a new wave of scientific research and studies revealed that PFAS in firefighting foam could cause cancer. A group of long-term studies conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that individuals with prolonged occupational exposure to firefighting foam with PFAS were at an increased risk of developing 3 types of cancer: prostate cancer, kidney cancer, and testicular cancer. The results of this initial IARC study were late confirmed and substantiated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
In the wake of this research, PFAS were formally recognized as a human carcinogen. The use of firefighting foam is now being banned in the military and by fire departments across the country.
Firefighting Foam Class Action Litigation
Firefighting foam containing PFAS has been around for years and is manufactured by major chemical companies like 3M and DuPont. There is apparently some evidence to suggest that DuPont and other manufacturers were well aware of the link between PFAs and cancer.
The manufacturers may have known for years about the possible link between occupational exposure to PFAS and cancer. Not only did they fail to disclose this to the public (or warn potential users of their products), some plaintiffs are alleging that firefighting foam manufacturers actively and deliberately concealed this evidence.
Hundreds of former firemen and other individuals who were exposed to firefighting foam on the job and subsequently diagnosed with kidney, prostate, or testicular cancer are now filing product liability lawsuits against DuPont and other companies. In 2019, all of the firefighting foam lawsuits pending across the country were consolidated into a class action MDL. The Firefighting Foam MDL is in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina.
The firefighting foam litigation is still ongoing and new cases are still being filed. Eventually, our attorneys expect some type of global settlement of all pending cases will likely take place.
Do You Qualify for a Firefighting Foam Lawsuit?
It is not too late to file your own firefighting foam lawsuit and take part in any financial settlement that is eventually reached in these cases. Our lawyers can help. Our law firm is actively seeking new AFF firefighting foam cases from any individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Exposure to Firefighting Foam: to qualify as a plaintiff in the firefighting foam litigation, you will need to show that you were regularly exposed to AFF firefighting foam over a prolonged period of time. Firefighters who were directly exposed to or used firefighting foam on the job over a period of several years would clearly meet this requirement. By contrast, if you only used firefighting foam once or twice over a several-year period you probably would not meet this requirement.
- Cancer Diagnosis: the second criteria to qualify for a firefighting foam lawsuit is that at some point after your exposure to AFF you were diagnosed with kidney cancer, prostate cancer, or testicular cancer. These are currently the only types of cancer that are linked to AFF.
Contact Miller & Zois About Filing a Firefighting Foam Lawsuit
Although hundreds of firefighting foam cases have already been filed, it is not too late to bring your own claim. If you meet both of the qualifying criteria above, we can help get your firefighting foam lawsuit filed as quickly as possible so that you can benefit from any eventual financial settlement in this litigation.
At this stage in the litigation, it is very difficult to say who much your firefighting foam case might be worth, but based on prior mass tort cases the settlement value of a valid claim could range anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000. Some cases might even be worth much more.
Call us our firefighting foam lawyers at 800-553-8082 or contact us online to see if you qualify.