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Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) is primarily used in fires containing liquid flammables. The foam creates a blanket that cuts off the fuel from the oxygen it needs to burn, smothering the fire. Firefighters and navy personnel, and airport personnel are constantly exposed to this foam for training and emergencies.
Numerous types of cancer have been linked to exposure to firefighting foam that contains PFAS and this foam has led to contamination in several regions of the country. Lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers alleging that these companies sold AFFF despite knowing that it was hazardous to humans and the environment.
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A new MDL for the Aqueous Fire Fighting Foam (AFFF) is brought forward to the federal court. These lawsuits all have similar issues regarding the toxicity of the foam and its links to cancer.
Research shows that about 20% of firefighters exposed to the foam were diagnosed with cancer at some point. Many were also diagnosed with other serious complications.
The Aqueous Film-Forming Foam Product Liability Litigation sees high volumes of cases against manufacturers like 3M®, TYCO Fire Product, Dupont®, Buckeye Fire Equipment, and Chemguard Inc.
The Judge motioned for summary judgement and stated that AFFF manufacturers withheld information about the health risks associated with the firefighting foam.
The charges against AFFF manufacturers include long-term exposure to the foam and the affects on individual firefighters, and also the the costs associated with cleaning up contaminated water supplies from AFFF spills.
Thousands of individuals that worked in the navy, in airports, and as firefighters were required to be in contact with AFFF for their jobs. What these people didn't know is that they were potentially harming their lives every day on the job. Many developed cancer later in life and are suffering the consequences of prolonged exposure to AFFF.
Currently, the Navy and other organizations are shifting away from chemicals that contain PFAs, but that doesn't help those who were already exposed to the toxic foam and are facing lasting conditions to this day. If you or a loved one was affected by toxic AFFF, you may qualify for compensation.
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