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The Toxic AFFF Fire Fighting Foam Lawsuit and its Consequences

Do You Have Any Of These Conditions?

If you are (or know of a loved one who is) a firefighter who, served prior to 2003, was exposed to AFFFs, and suffers from any of the following conditions, you may be entitled to compensation:

  • High total cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • Increased time to pregnancy
  • Infertility
  • Reduced fecundity
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Changes in thyroid hormones
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Lower presence of antibodies
  • Increased asthma severity
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cerebral palsy

Cancers And Tumors

If you are (or know of a loved one who is) a firefighter who was exposed to AFFFs, and suffers from any of the following cancers or types of tumors, you may be entitled to compensation:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Ovarian tubular hyperplasia
  • Leydig cell tumors
  • Thyroid follicular cell tumors

Aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) containing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) have been under fire for years. In the wake of litigation, it was discovered that 3M and DuPont, two of the largest chemical manufacturers in the world, exposed individuals to considerable danger by producing these AFFFs. PFOA and PFOS are part of a highly persistent group of substances called “forever chemicals”, and they have been linked to various diseases and types of cancer.

A Brief History of AFFFs AFFFs were first created in the 1960s by 3M and were swiftly adopted by the military, airports, refineries, and fire departments worldwide. Ten years later, PFAS (the substance type that includes PFOA and PFOS) was found in blood samples of occupationally exposed workers. Although it was clear that AFFFs were toxic to the environment, they were still used and praised for their effectiveness at extinguishing liquid-fueled fires.

The Risks of Exposure to AFFFs Since PFAS do not degrade by themselves, they are extremely persistent in the environment and in the human body. Decades of exposure to PFAS have caused widespread contamination of blood samples of the general population. Firefighters, in particular, are at high risk of exposure, as they use AFFFs when extinguishing fires and come into direct contact with air containing PFOA/PFOS. Firefighters can inhale, have skin contact, and/or have pores exposed to one of these substances. Exposure to PFAS can compromise an individual’s health for years, as these substances bind to blood proteins and stay in the human body for an extended period.

The EPA’s Findings Numerous studies have been conducted to determine the impact of PFOA and PFOS on humans and animals. Occupational exposure studies conducted in 3M plants identified the likely effects of PFOA and PFOS, including changes in cholesterol and triglycerides. Studies that examined contaminated communities and the general population also found links between PFOS and PFOA and various health issues such as liver tumors, thyroid follicular cell tumors, Leydig cell tumors, ovarian tumors, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian tubular hyperplasia, and more.

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AFFF Firefighter Foam Cancer Lawsuit Despite the fact that no settlements have been reached in the 500 lawsuits filed over AFFFs that have just been recently consolidated under an MDL, both 3M and DuPont have previously settled claims over PFAS contamination. If both companies’ settlements, $850 million and $670 million, respectively, are any indication of what may come in terms of financial compensation, firefighters are hopeful that they will be justly compensated for the wrongdoings they have suffered.

Get Legal Assistance If you are a firefighter who served prior to 2003 and was exposed to AFFFs and suffers from any of the symptoms listed above, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team at Oppenheim Law recognizes the emotional burden these conditions and cancers can have on individuals and their lives. Please contact us at (954) 384-6114 to learn about your legal rights and how you can receive the compensation you deserve.


AFFF Firefighter Foam Cancer Lawsuit

Our team at Oppenheim Law recognizes the emotional burden these conditions and cancers can have on individuals and their lives. That is why our firm provides a team of professionals committed to zealously represent our clients.

Please feel free to contact us 24/7 at (954) 384-6114 so we can inform you of your legal rights so you can obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.

Oppenheim Law | Firefighting Foam Lawsuit Attorneys
2500 Weston Rd #209
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331


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