Fire Fighting Foam (AFFF) Lawsuit
What is AFFF?
Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a firefighting suppressant which is mostly used by firefighters, military personnel and at airports for commercial use. For over 50 years, AFFF has been effectively used to fight petroleum-based fires.
How Is AFFF Contaminating the Water?
AFFF gets into the environment once the firefighting foam is discharged and released during use and due to spills and leaks which occur in AFFF storage locations. AFFF can contaminate the soil, surface water, and groundwater and the residual materials can enter drain systems and discharge to remote locations.
Where Is AFFF Found?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a very helpful map which highlights areas with AFFF contamination. AFFF on this map is mostly highlighted by red or purple dots and is mostly found in military facilities, municipal airports, refineries, fuel tank farms and other industries which could potentially use and store tons of petroleum.
AFFF contains the chemicals perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) which are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS is referred to as a “forever chemical” because the elemental bonds of fluorine and carbon are extremely strong and difficult to break down in the environment and in our bodies. This means that the carcinogens in AFFF, when consumed by people, stay in the body for a very long period of time.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has also begun warning veterans about the increased risks of breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and kidney cancer after being exposed to the fire-fighting foam in military facilities.
Timothy Putnam, the Vice-President of the Tidewater Federal Fire Fighters and a member of the International Association of Firefighters, spoke to the U.S. Senate about this chemical crisis. In this statement, Putnam cites animal testing, human exposure, and research done by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to link exposure to this firefighting foam to testicular and kidney cancer.
Airports are also now switching to PFAS-free fire foam due to the current firefighting foam’s links to cancer. This provision was passed as part of the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration which passed the Senate 93-6.
How Douglas & London Can Help
Military, Aviation, and Fire Fighter organizations are warning their members about the dangers of being exposed to AFFF and making huge changes as a result. However, the exposure of AFFF can spread so whether you were working in the facilities or spent time near one, you may have been exposed to AFFF. Exposure to PFAS in AFFF has been linked to:
- Testicular Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
The attorneys of Douglas & London have experience representing clients who have been injured due to PFAS exposure. Gary Douglas, who is a founding partner of Douglas & London, served as co-lead counsel in a litigation representing victims of PFAS exposure and secured a $671 million settlement. This was after our attorneys were able to secure verdicts of $1.6 million, $5.1 million and $12.5 million.
File a AFFF Contamination Lawsuit with Douglas & London
If you or someone you know were contaminated with AFFF and are now diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer or Kidney Cancer, please feel free to contact our experts at Douglas & London. You may be entitled to compensation and you don’t pay unless we win. To apply for a free consultation, fill out the form on the side of the screen, chat with us or give us a call at (800) 963-4444.