OUR AFFF LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS ARE HELPING THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AFTER EXPOSURE TO AQUEOUS FILM FORMING FOAM (AFFF)
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Exposure to AFFF through occupational use of firefighting foam or through groundwater contamination can cause severe health problems and cancer. Contact the Firefighting Foam Lawsuit Lawyers at the Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm immediately to take legal action if you or a loved one was exposed to firefighting foam (AFFF) and has been suffered from any of the following medical problems or has received a cancer diagnosis:
- Kidney Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Testicular Tumors
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Thyroid Disease
- Ovarian Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Liver Damage
- Other Adverse Health Effects
Many individuals have been exposed to these toxic chemicals as civilian firefighters, military firefighters, on military bases, military sites military installations, as airport workers, or through the drinking water supply. Our Firefighting Foam Lawsuit Lawyers are available 24/7 to take your call and review your eligibility for possible inclusion in the AFFF lawsuit class action as part of our free consultation. Contact Marin, Barrett, and Murphy at 888-348-2735 today to get your share of the potential AFFF lawsuit settlements. Please review the information on our website below for the latest news on the lawsuits related to AFFF foam and firefighting.
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF FIREFIGHTER FOAM LAWSUITS IN 2023?
The AFFF firefighter foam lawsuits have been consolidated through the multi-district litigation process in the United States District Court in the District of South Carolina before the Honorable Richard M. Gergel for coordinated discovery and pre-trial matters. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation determined that AFFF lawsuits involved common questions of law and fact such that centralization of the cases was appropriate. Currently there are approximately 900 cases brought by those suffering after exposure to firefighting foam pending before the Federal Court and additional AFFF cases are expected to be filed in the coming months.
These mass tort claims allege that exposure to these dangerous chemicals is harmful to human health and increases an individuals risk of cancer. The AFFF firefighter foam lawsuits all involve claims relating to per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS Chemicals). The legal action brought by the Plaintiffs allege that aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) containing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) contaminated groundwater near military bases, airports, chemical plants, and other industrial sites where AFFFs were used to extinguish liquid fuel fires such as jet fuel and other flammable liquids.
Plaintiffs in the firefighter foam lawsuits have sued those involved in the manufacture, production, and sale of AFFF alleging that they were negligent, grossly negligent, reckless and willful in the design, manufacture, labeling, warning, instruction, training, selling, marketing, and distribution of the AFFF products in one or more of the following respects:
- failing to design the products so as to avoid an unreasonable risk of harm to individuals;
- Failing to use reasonable care in the testing of the products so as to avoid an unreasonable risk of harm to individuals;
- Failing to use appropriate care in inspecting the products so as to avoid an unreasonable risk of harm to individuals;
- Failing to use appropriate care in instructing and/or warning the public of risks associate with the products;
- Failing to use reasonable care in the marketing, promoting, and advertising of the products so as to avoid unreasonable risk of harm to individuals;
- In selling and or distributing a product which was inherently dangerous to the public.
WHAT IS AFFF?
AFFF is “aqueous film forming foam” and is a firefighting foam designed and used to extinguish liquid fuel fires. This is done by mixing the AFFF with water. AFFF was mostly used by firefighters, military personnel and at airports for commercial use for decades. AFFF was also used at chemical pants, local fire departments, oil refineries, oil tankers, and offshore platforms.
The Latest AFFF LAWSUIT Updates
August 18th, 2023: New Study Highlights Potential Health Risks from PFAS in Firefighting Foams – A recent study has shed light on the potential health risks associated with Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – chemicals found in firefighting foams used at military bases, including by the U.S. Air Force. Published on July 17th 2023, the study primarily focused on discerning any association between serum PFAS concentrations and the development of testicular germ cell tumors (TGCT) in U.S. Air Force servicemen. The findings revealed that military personnel involved in firefighting and those stationed at bases with high PFAS levels in drinking water exhibited elevated concentrations of certain PFAS. Particularly notable was the finding that increased levels of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in a second serum sample were positively linked to TGCT. This connection remained even after adjusting for other PFAS types. However, some PFAS showed no significant association with TGCT, while others displayed an inverse relationship.
The extensive use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams at military installations, especially airports, has led to widespread water contamination due to the persistence and resistance to degradation of these chemicals. The U.S. Air Force has been employing such foams since the late 1960s and only discontinued their use in 2018 due to rising concerns over potential health implications, environmental persistence, and contamination of surrounding communities’ water supplies. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) had identified multiple military bases with known or suspected PFAS releases, some exceeding the recommended limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Given these findings, further investigation is warranted to explore the implications for other populations and military branches.
November 16, 2022: California filed a water contamination lawsuit against 3M, DuPont and other manufacturers of firefighting foam and PFAS chemicals that have been widely used over the past several decades, indicating that the state’s drinking water supply has become tainted with the toxic chemicals.
October 18, 2022: This week, Attorney General Josh Stein from North Carolina announced that they would be adding two additional lawsuits over the toxic firefighting foam – bringing the number of lawsuits the state of North Carolina has against the company to six. The Attorney General has gone after the manufacturers of the Aqueous Film Forming Form, which include DuPont, Chemours, and 3M to hold them accountable for developing a product that has so greatly impacted the health of thousands of government employees and natural resources in the state.
October 12, 2022: Last month, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel presiding over the AFFF MDL in Charleston, SC case issued a ruling that dealt a massive blow to government contractor defense that had been argued by 3M and other AFFF makers. The manufacturers were attempting to invoke the government contractor defense as a means of avoiding responsibility. While they claimed the government had a hand in developing the product and knew of the risks and they should therefore be immune from liability, Judge Gergel ruled on September 16th that while foam manufacturers may use the government contractor’s defense at upcoming jury trials he refused to dismiss the claims prior to the presentation of evidence at trial. Judge Gergel based his decision on the fact that the Court found the manufacturers had performed tests on AFFF to determine its impacts on human health and the environment and that these tests and studies had not been disclosed to the government. The effect of this ruling is that the fate of AFFF claims at trial will be in the hands of the jury.
DOES AFFF CAUSE CANCER?
AFFF contain highly toxic and bio persistent polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). PFAS binds to proteins in the blood of humans exposed to the material and remains and persists over long periods of time. Due to the unique chemical structure of PFAS, these harmful chemicals accumulate in the blood and body of exposed individuals. The PFAS are highly toxic and carcinogenic chemicals that pose serious health risks and have been linked to serious medical conditions including, but not limited to, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, testicular tumors, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, bladder cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis and infertility in pregnant women.
WHO IS LIABLE FOR AFFF TOXIC FOAM INJURIES?
Some of the main defendants in the Firefighter Foam Lawsuits include those corporations that designed, marketing, developed, manufactured, distributed, released, trained users, produced instructional materials, promoted, sold, or used. Firefighters involved in the AFFF class action lawsuits have sued:
- 3M Company
- Buckeye Fire Equipment Company
- Chemours Company FC, LLC
- Chubb Fire, Ltd.
- Corteva, Inc.
- Du Pont de Nemours Inc. (DowDuPont, Inc.)
- Dynax Corporation
- E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont)
- Kidde-Fenwal, Inc.
- Kidde P.L.C.
- National Foam, Inc.
- Tyco Fire Products, LP
- United Technologies
- UTC Fire and Security Americas Corporation, Inc.
FIREFIGHTING FOAM LAWSUIT LAWYER
If you or loved one was exposed to Firefighter foam (AFFF) and have received a cancer diagnosis, including liver cancer, testicular cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, or kidney cancer, please contact the Firefighter Foam Lawsuit Lawyers at Marin, Barrett, and Murphy today for a no obligation case evaluation. If successful, an AFFF claim can help you recover costs for your medical bills, medical expenses, and recover financial AFFF lawsuit compensation for your pain and suffering due to these toxic chemicals. You can complete the submission form on our website or call us at 888-348-2735 to speak to our firefighting foam lawyers.
If you or a loved one has received a cancer diagnosis after taking being exposed to AFFF Firefighting Foam, call the AFFF Lawsuit Attorneys at Marin, Barrett, and Murphy today at (888) 348-2735 for a free, no obligation consultation. Our Law Firm can help AFFF lawsuit victims obtain AFFF lawsuit damages and hold the manufacturers of AFFF responsible by filing your AFFF Firefighting Foam Lawsuit.
ATTORNEY MATTHEW MARIN
ATTORNEY KENSLEY BARRETT
Admitted in Rhode Island and Massachusetts