AFFF Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the Side Effects of AFFF Exposure?
- How Does AFFF Affect People?
- What is AFFF?
- Can AFFF Contaminate the Environment?
- Does AFFF Cause Cancer?
- What are PFAS?
- Who Can File an AFFF Lawsuit?
- Who is Liable for AFFF Exposure?
- Who is at Risk of AFFF Exposure?
- What Compensation is Available if I was Exposed to AFFF?
- How Does a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) Affect My AFFF Lawsuit?
- What Types of Cancer can AFFF Exposure Cause?
Q: What are the Side Effects of AFFF Exposure?
A: Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), used in fighting petroleum-based fires, contains carcinogens. Therefore, various types of cancers are among the possible side effects experienced by those exposed to it. However, other, less severe conditions may result.
Q: How Does AFFF Affect People?
A: AFFF exposure has been linked to various types of cancer, but it may also cause fetal as well as child development issues– among other problems.
Q: What Is AFFF?
A: AFFF stands for Aqueous Film Forming Foam, a substance used for fire suppression. For many years, it contained toxic chemicals that could result in long-term health as well as environmental risks.
Q: Can AFFF Contaminate the Environment?
A: Toxic chemicals in the foam, such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), have been linked to cancer. These substances, just two of the man-made chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are contaminating groundwater and soil in places where these oil fires took place.
Q: Does AFFF Cause Cancer?
A: Firefighters and military personnel used aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) for fighting chemical blazes. It is now known that two of the common compounds in AFFF are carcinogenic.
Q: What are PFAS?
A: PFAS do not break down, meaning once they are ingested or absorbed, they can stay in the body for decades, if not permanently. PFAS have recently been linked to serious health problems.
Q: Who Can File an AFFF Lawsuit?
A: Exposure to Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) has been linked to serious medical problems. People who have been exposed to it– and later suffered from specific health issues can file an AFFF lawsuit.
Q: Who Is Liable for AFFF Exposure?
A: For more than 50 years, AFFF manufacturers have added per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to AFFFs to lower surface tension– even though they knew that repeated exposure to PFAS could cause cancer. The companies that produced AFFFs with carcinogenic components may be liable for your medical costs and expenses and other related damages.
Q: Who is at Risk of AFFF Exposure?
A: Prolonged exposure to the dangerous chemicals within AFFF increases the risk of cancer substantially. For that reason, those individuals that are most often exposed to fire fighting foam carry the highest risks of dangerous health consequences.
Q: What Compensation is Available if I Was Exposed to AFFF?
A: The compensation for illness and health complications stemming from AFFF exposure depends on many variables. Plaintiffs who file an AFFF lawsuit are eligible to seek monetary damages for both economic and non-economic losses, but the exact figure will vary from case to case.
Q: How Does a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) Affect My AFFF Lawsuit?
A: Most people are familiar with the idea of a class-action lawsuit, but they may not understand how multi-district litigation differs. MDL formation is almost always advantageous for our clients, as it improves efficiency for early discovery processes and pretrial matters.
Q: What Types of Cancer Can AFFF Exposure Cause?
A: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Studies indicate that PFOA and PFOS can cause reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney, and immunological effects in laboratory animals. Both chemicals have caused tumors in animals.”