Since the early 1950s, firefighters have used firefighting foam, also known as AFFF, to put out flames. This AFFF foam has been connected to many cases of firefighter foam cancer and other life-threatening diseases. If you or a loved one developed cancer after being exposed to the harmful chemicals in firefighting foam while working, you may be entitled to submit a firefighting foam lawsuit for compensation.
Our lawyers will assist you in obtaining reimbursement for your medical expenses and any consequences incurred as a result of your exposure to AFFF.
Firefighting foam, or aqueous film-forming foam, has been used to put out liquid-based flames for decades and has saved countless lives. Although the substance is used to help prevent a disaster, it can have long-term consequences for individuals who deal with the hazardous chemical on a frequent basis.
Harmful chemicals included in firefighting foam may increase the incidence of some malignancies or cause non-cancerous conditions including birth deformities, obesity, and diabetes. Those who work in the oil industry, firefighters, members of the military, and airport workers may be more susceptible to AFFF-caused cancer.
Firefighting foam has been present since the early 1950s-1960s and today comes in a number of different forms depending on the type of fire that has to be contained. AFFF is the major fire suppression method for flammable liquid fires used by firefighters that hose the firefighting foam on the fire to put it out and cover whatever is causing it so it doesn't receive any more oxygen. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are foams that are produced from man-made chemical elements that may cause cancer. These harmful PFAS can be found in non-stick kitchenware, polishes, sealer sprays, paints, and cleaning supplies.
Several industries expose workers to firefighting foam and its hazardous compounds, which can be harmful to human health. The following are some of them:
Because firefighters from various fields are directly affected by firefighting foam, they may be exposed at somewhat varying amounts depending on the type of department they serve in. Individuals who reside near a fire department, military base, or airport, for instance, may be exposed to hazardous firefighting foam as a result of a polluted water supply.
Since aqueous film-forming foam contains toxins, it can harm a person if they are exposed to it on a frequent basis, putting them at an increased risk of developing a serious illness or cancer. When a person is regularly exposed to PFAS, the chemicals are absorbed by the body and build up over time. Because of the length of time it takes for AFFF exposure to cause sickness, they're known as the "forever chemicals." The following are some of the most common diseases and cancers associated to firefighting foam lawsuits:
For decades, PFAS exposure has been related to cancer in studies. Despite the danger, the manufacturers keep information hidden and do not give warnings. As a result, firefighters and other professionals have been exposed to AFFF without realizing the hazards for years.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), other government agencies, AFFF manufacturers, and chemical producers are fully aware of the dangers of PFAS, particularly those found in firefighting foam. As a result, the EPA has banned some types of chemicals from being manufactured in the United States.
It's astonishing how many businesses are aware of the long-term consequences of employing AFFF firefighting foam yet continue to do so out of convenience, which is why firefighting foam lawsuits are on the increase across New Jersey.
If you've been diagnosed with AFFF cancer, NJ Injury Guys are ready to help you file a firefighting foam case. Our team of firefighting foam lawyers can assist you in developing a case against those who should be held accountable for your firefighting foam cancer case so that you may embark on the road to recovery. Our firm can assist you in determining the responsible party, assessing the damages and injuries you've sustained, and seeking a settlement that can help you pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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If you've been exposed to AFFF or PFAS chemicals and need legal help, get started now by calling our firefighting foam law office. Our firm can look at the specifics of your allegation and decide whether you qualify to file a firefighting foam cancer lawsuit.