Firefighting Foam

  • The Problem: Aqueous firefighting foams (AFFF) contain polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are a group of synthetic chemicals that if exposed to, are associated with health risks such as liver damage, hormone suppression, and cancer.

  • The Response: Cases are being accepted from firefighters who have developed cancer following frequent exposure to firefighting foam and therefore PFAS. 

  • What Can We Do to Help: Our experienced attorneys can review your medical records and advise you if filing a case is in your best interest.

The attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, and Boissoneault are investigating allegations against 3M and several other manufacturing companies for not clearly stating the risks involved with exposure to the harmful chemicals within firefighting foam, or AFFF. AFFF has been used for over 60 years to extinguish fires catalyzed by highly-flammable substances such as petroleum or jet fuel. If you or someone you know has served as a firefighter in the military or the private sector, and has had cancer, contact us today. Find out if you can seek compensation for your injuries by completing our free case evaluation.

Plaintiffs claim that the product’s manufacturers, including 3M, neglected to warn of the risks involved with exposure. Those especially at risk include firefighters at airports or within the military.

AFFF’s utilize polyfloroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that are toxic to both humans and the environment in the long term, due to the fact that they do not break down. Though exposure to PFAS can lead to several serious health problems, those who have been exposed to PFAS through firefighting foam have filed lawsuits on the basis of developing cancer, including:

·         Bladder Cancer

·         Kidney cancer

·         Leukemia

·         Liver Cancer

·         Lymphoma

·         Neuroendocrine tumors

·         Ovarian cancer

·         Pancreatic Cancer

·         Prostate cancer

·         Testicular Cancer

·         Thyroid Cancer

The Federal Airport Administration stopped requiring the use of AFFF in civilian airports in the US in 2018, in accordance with US Navy guidelines. It and the US military are just beginning to phase out its use, despite it being employed for decades and even still in many industries. The US Department of Veteran Affairs and the US Environmental Protection Agency have both issued warnings about the increased risk of cancer involved with exposure, and have labeled PFAS as ‘emerging contaminants” to avoid. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has also “designated PFOS as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’” as well, meaning it is a substance that can aid the growth of cancer in the body.

Lawsuits against the manufacturers of firefighting foam are still being filed, and cases are still being collected. If you or a loved one has developed cancer after being exposed to firefighting foam in your career, either in the military or in the private sector, you may be entitled to compensation from the companies responsible. If you believe you were uninformed of such risks upon reviewing your records and history, please contact our firm at 1-800-Gallon1 (1-800-425-5661) or fill out a free case evaluation form. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.