New Jersey Fire Fighting Foam (AFFF) Lawsuit
What is AFFF?
Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a firefighting foam used to fight petroleum-based fires. These firefighting suppressants are usually used by firefighters, the military and at airports.
AFFF is primarily made with PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) which are both considered PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). These chemicals are sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals” because of the extremely strong elemental bonds between the carbon atoms. This means that even in the environment or in our bodies, the chemical will take “forever” to break down due to the eight carbon atom chain. The chain of eight carbon atoms is why all of these chemicals are categorized as C-8 chemicals.
Side Effects of AFFF
When a chemical that is difficult to breakdown enters your body, it can do a lot of permanent damage. The most common severe side effects linked to AFFF are:
- Testicular Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Liver Cancer
AFFF Contaminated Areas in New Jersey
Although the chemicals in question are in the firefighting foam, direct exposure to the foam isn’t the only way to be exposed to PFAS. When AFFF is discharged, it is absorbed into the environment. It also gets into drains which discharge to larger bodies of water. The water eventually makes its way into the bodies and bloodstreams of people in the area who share the same water system.
The following are locations where AFFF was stored and used:
- Deepwater, NJ in Salem County
- Trenton-Mercer Airport / Former Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton
- Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (McGuire Air Force Base) in Burlington County
- Naval Weapons Station Earle in Monmouth County
New Jersey AFFF Contamination Lawsuit
If you or someone you know were contaminated with AFFF and are now diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, Liver 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 (212) 566-7500.