Firefighter Foam Cancer Lawsuits
Aqueous film-forming foams, more commonly referred to as firefighting foams or AFFFs, were developed by innovative scientists with the United States military and manufacturing giant 3M as a way to combat petroleum-based, flammable liquid fuel fires that were otherwise resistant to their current fire suppression methods and techniques. These new and powerful firefighting foams quickly became the industry standard at firehouses, commercial airports, oil refineries, military bases, and other industrial sites throughout the country and were in use for decades before anyone recognized the catastrophic damage these chemicals were capable of causing.
The primary issue with these popular firefighting foams stems from the manufacturing process in which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, also known as PFAS, are added to the mix. Often referred to as “forever chemicals,” these man-made compounds contain cancer-causing carcinogens that do not break down in the environment or the human body and have the ability to build-up over time. However, due to their extreme strength and lasting power, it made an incredibly powerful tool against fighting complex fuel fires...regardless of the dangers it presented to individuals who were continually exposed to its toxins.
Now, an increasing number of current and former firefighters from around the United States are stepping forward and bringing forth lawsuits against a multitude of corporate manufacturers such as 3M, DuPont, and Chemours - a subsidiary of DuPont, alleging that these companies were aware of the harmful and hazardous health effects these toxic carcinogenic chemicals had the potential to create, yet continued to produce and distribute these firefighting foams for years without disclosing these facts to the public. To date, approximately 1,000 career firefighters have been diagnosed with devastating, life-altering diseases and illnesses, including:
- Breast cancer
- Bladder cancer and carcinomas
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cysts & cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer/prostatic carcinoma
- Testicular cancer and tumors
- Other ailments including decreased fertility, high blood pressure and cholesterol, immune system deficiencies, thyroid disorders, and ulcerative colitis
If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with cancer or any other deadly, life-threatening diseases after coming into contact with aqueous firefighting foams or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, you could be entitled to receive monetary compensation for past and future medical bills and testing, wage reimbursements for lost employment, mental distress, and any additional pain and suffering you may have sustained after prolonged daily exposure to AFFFs or PFAS.
If you have been injured by firefighting foams, it is crucial that you seek out exceptional legal representation to assist you through this difficult process. Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham has dedicated his professional career to fighting for the rights of injured victims. For additional information regarding firefighter foam cancer lawsuits, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY to schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation.
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