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Firefighting Foam And Deadly Cancer - Firefighting Cancer Lawsuits

AFFF Fire Fighting Foam is manufactured by 3M whom ignored the link between deadly carcinogens such as PFAS and PFOS and the diagnosis of cancer. Firefighting foam is regularly used in practice by commercial and volunteer firefights along with firefighters at commercial airports and military bases.

These known carcinogens cause numerous types of cancers. Even more troubling is these carcinogens are known as "forever chemicals due to their inability to break down in the human body or environment. .

New research is demonstrating that the carcinogens in AFFF can make its way into the aquifer and impact groundwater. This may just be the tip of the iceberg.


Firefighting Foam (AFFF) Cancer Attorneys

Aqueous film forming foam containing PFAS man-made chemicals have been proven to be dangerous for the environment as well to humans. PFAS has been nicknamed the "forever chemical" due to its lack of a half life and how it is nearly impossible to break down in the environment.

The carcinogens in AFFF firefighting foam has a devastating and far ranging impact to those residing on or near military bases, firefighting stations and commercial airports..... (click on this article to learn more)

Firefighting Foam Cancer Attorneys -

Were you diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to firefighting foam? Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF), which is used to extinguish liquid-based fires like those caused by gas or jet fuel, can potentially be dangerous to humans. AFFF is used solely for the purpose of fire suppression. These chemicals in fire fighting foam may increase the risk of certain types of cancer or cause other non-cancer issues like birth defects, obesity, and diabetes. Firefighters, military members, airport personnel, and those who work in the oil or gas industry may be particularly at risk to AFFF-caused cancer.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer after being repeatedly exposed to firefighting foam, you should contact a Firefighting Foam Cancer Attorney to see if you may be entitled to receive compensation for:

medical bills and expenses related to your cancer treatment,
compensation for pain and suffering,
lost wages or lost future earning capacity,
and other related damages.
The known health risks associated with AFFF is simply too great to ignore. The AFFF foam cancer lawsuit is presently subject to multidistrict litigation and all lawsuits throughout the Unites States are pending in Federal Court in South Carolina before Judge Richard Gergel. In other words, if you file an AFFF foam lawsuit your case will be consolidated in one single Federal Court in South Carolina with Judge Gergel presiding.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has long warned of the link between AFFF and cancer. In fact, the CDC is presently studying the contamination of drinking water by fire fighting foam.

Dolman Law Group has a long and successful history of fighting for the injured and we can help you too. There is no fee unless we recover money for your case. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your firefighting foam cancer lawsuit.

Understanding the Risk Between Firefighting Foam and Cancer
The greatest risk for cancer caused by firefighting foam is to those who have been exposed for a long period of time, especially without understanding the risk. This often applies to firefighters, military personnel, airport employees, and other workers exposed to AFFF throughout their careers.

Fire Fighting Foam and the Toxic Chemicals Known as The Forever Chemicals  -

What is Fire Fighting Foam? Man-made chemicals known as Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can all be found in a wide range of consumer products. PFAS also include two other compounds, perfluorooctane acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) that have been identified in firefighting aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). This specific type of firefighting foam is widely used across the US and has been shown to have links to cancer in those who are exposed to it.

AFFF has been in production since the early 1960s by the US Navy and 3M. The original AFFF is one of two types of synthetic foam that is effective in suppressing high-hazard flammable liquid fires that are classified as Class B fires. By coating the fuel with the firefighting foam, it prevents the fire from getting more oxygen and denies the fire the ability to further combust liquids like jet fuel and gasoline. As effective as AFFF is, there has been an increased amount of scrutiny towards the firefighting foam in recent years as the health risk of these dangerous chemicals have been exposed.

Read on to learn more about AFFF, the chemicals that make it dangerous, and how it causes cancer.

Damages in a Florida Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawsuit -

Firefighting Foam Related Health Problems and Lawsuit Value
Exposure to firefighting foam is a severe health hazard that can lead to a significantly high risk of developing cancer and other health problems. Firefighting foam may look fairly innocuous due to its bubbly white appearance but it undoubtedly contains hazardous chemicals that can not only hurt you but contaminate entire communities as well. Many people now have to contend with the many damages caused by firefighting foam and are filing lawsuits to try and attain compensation. An important factor in this process is properly understanding the full breadth of damages that exposure to firefighting foam can inflict in order to properly calculate exactly what you need when seeking compensation through a lawsuit.
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Past Lawsuits Over Firefighting Foam Cancer -

The manufacturers of firefighting foams have become the focus of litigation from all sides due to the dangerous properties that their product exhibits. Firefighting foam or aqueous film-forming foam as it is more formally known has been linked to the increased chance to develop cancers among those exposed to it either through direct contact to the foam or through ingesting water from foam contaminated water supplies. Firefighting foams are made and sold by some of the most powerful chemical companies in the world such as Dupont, 3M, Chemguard, and Chemours to name a few.

Those that have suffered because of their exposure to firefighting foam and the harmful chemicals they contain generally want to hold those responsible for their damages accountable for their actions. AFFF has directly and indirectly affected a large number of people ranging from firefighters directly exposed to AFFF to civilians that did nothing more than ingest water from trusted water sources that became contaminated. Lawsuits against these companies are nothing new and past cases will have a significant impact on how future litigation against firefighting foam manufacturers will proceed.

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Who is at Risk to Develop Cancer From Fire Fighting Foam? -

Groups At-Risk for Fire Fighting Foam Cancer While fire fighting foam has been proven to be a very useful tool in putting out dangerous fires, it also has caused a great deal of illness and pain among the many people that have been exposed to it. Fire fighting foam also known as firefighting aqueous film-forming foam or AFFF, is used in firefighting all over the country yet it has been linked with the development of cancer among many people that have had chronic exposure to it.

Many of these people that have developed cancer and other illnesses because of exposure to this substance have justly taken legal action against the makers and users of this dangerous substance. This basis for this legal action being the negligent implementation of AFFF or the supplying of AFFF without disclosure of the harmful effects that come with exposure to it. Many have utilized or have been exposed to this substance and developed cancer without realizing the link between the two. If you are in one of the following groups then you may be able to seek compensation for cancer or other AFFF caused illnesses by filing a lawsuit against the negligent companies that manufacture it.

California lawmakers vote to phase out toxic firefighting foam - Los Angeles Times

Lawmakers have sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a bill that requires firefighters, airports, chemical plants and oil refineries to phase out the use of firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other serious health problems.
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California to phase out toxic firefighting foam linked to cancer, contaminated drinking water - ABC7 San Francisco

A toxic firefighting foam that has been linked to cancer and contaminated drinking water throughout California could soon be banned in the state.

State lawmakers on Sunday voted to phase out the sale and use of the foam to local fire departments, chemical plants and oil refineries, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The measure, introduced by state Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica, would require those agencies and businesses to find alternatives to the foam that don't contain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS.
Municipal fire departments would be banned from using the foam that contains PFAS by January 2022, chemical plans and airport hangars would have until 2024 and oil refineries would be required to stop its use by 2028.
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DOD is spending millions, getting rid of toxic foam by burning it near where people live | WJLA

COHOES, N. Y. (SBG) — The military stopped using firefighting foam that contains toxic PFAS chemicals because of documented health risks. To get rid of its massive stockpile, Spotlight on America discovered the Department of Defense is spending millions of taxpayer dollars, burning the toxic foam in residential areas. Caption: Joce Sterman, Alex Brauer and Andrea Nejman.

Tampa airport board files lawsuit in ‘forever chemical’ contamination case

The lawsuit alleges firefighting foam left PFAS in places including at Tampa International Airport. A lawsuit filed last month by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority accuses firefighting foam manufacturers of negligence in selling a product that has contaminated local airports with harmful chemicals.

The lawsuit alleges the compounds “are present in certain areas of” Tampa International Airport, Peter O. Knight Airport, Tampa Executive Airport and Plant City Airport. They are commonly called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down well and may taint the groundwater and soil, accumulating over time and sickening people who ingest them.

Tampa Bay Water files ‘forever chemicals’ lawsuit against DuPont, 3M

The utility serves more than 2.5 million customers. A spokesperson said Tampa Bay Water has not detected dangerous levels of the chemicals in its supply but is taking an 'initial step’ amid evolving science. The utility’s filing May 14 places it among a growing number of organizations calling for damages from the corporations for the release of “forever chemicals” — certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, which studies show may hurt human health. The case references pollution from a particular type of foam used to fight fires, which has been connected to training sites, military bases and airports. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection lists MacDill Air Force Base as one place with a confirmed presence of at least one contaminant. Flame-retardant foam has also been tied to tainted wells near the Florida State Fire College in Ocala.

The former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda is highly contaminated with PFAS chemicals, which have migrated through...

The former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda is highly contaminated with PFAS chemicals, which have migrated through the groundwater into lakes, rivers, wildlife and drinking water wells.

Turn Off the Tap: “Forever” Toxics in CA Firefighting Foam | NRDC

California is poised to take a big step to phase out one of the largest sources of toxic PFAS (per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances) pollution: firefighting foam used to fight flammable liquid fires.

PFAS are a large class of man-made chemicals (including thousands of individual chemicals) used widely in industrial processes and consumer products such as non-stick cookware and food packaging, clothing, carpets, cosmetics—and firefighting foam. Unfortunately, PFAS do not break down (or they break down into other PFAS), spread quickly through the environment and are associated with a long list of harmful health effects, including cancer and developmental and reproductive harm. Unsurprisingly, firefighters face especially high exposures and risks on top of the dangers from fire that they take on as part of their lifesaving job.

PFAS in firefighting foam is also a major contributor to the contamination of drinking water. In California, water sources for water systems serving up to 19 million people have already been found to be contaminated with PFAS. Given that the state still has to conduct tests on many more drinking water sources, the number is likely much higher. PFAS contamination is very hard to contain, and clean up can be expensive. Given the health harms and the difficulty of cleaning up PFAS, it is imperative that we phase out unnecessary uses of these toxic chemicals. PFAS in firefighting foam is one such unnecessary use.

Pentagon Falls Behind on Plan to Replace ‘Forever Chemicals’ at Military Bases

Research into alternatives for the toxic chemicals found in military firefighting foam is underway but no viable option has yet been found and the pandemic has delayed progress, a Defense Department official told House lawmakers Tuesday.

Over $95 million is sunk into research and development for remediating contamination by PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, at hundreds of military bases and other defense operations throughout the U.S.

PFAS are also known as “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment. They are used in everything from nonstick bakeware to furniture to clothing, and for years have been widely used in a type of firefighting foam known as AFFF, or aqueous film forming foam, used by the military.

Exposure to the toxic chemicals has been shown to cause cancer and other health defects. It is a difficult pollutant to eliminate once it’s in the soil, ground and drinking water.

Nearly Two-Thirds Of Wisconsin Fire Departments Stock Firefighting Foam That Contains PFAS | Wisconsin Public Radio

Nearly two-thirds of Wisconsin fire departments currently stock firefighting foam that contains so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS. More than half have bought, stored or used such foam in the past, according to a survey conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances — known as PFAS — are manmade chemicals that have been common in firefighting foam and everyday products since the 1950s. They've raised safety and environmental concerns because they don't break down easily in the environment and they've been linked to an increased risk of some cancers.

The survey was requested as part of Gov. Tony Evers' budget and sought to define use of foam containing the chemicals, which is considered a significant source of PFAS contamination. Wisconsin joins other states like Michigan, Minnesota and Vermont as they work with departments to address environmental risks.