Firefighting Foam Lawsuits

fire fighting foam lawsuits

Toxic chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been used to produce firefighting foam since the 1950s.  PFAS include PFOA, PFOS and many other chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified PFAS as an “emerging contaminant”, which indicates it is likely dangerous to human health. Firefighting foam has been linked to kidney, testicular, and pancreatic cancer in firefighters and military personnel who are routinely exposed to the dangerous chemicals.
 

Firefighting Foam Lawyers are Ready to Help

Contact our Firefighting Foam Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Firefighting Foam cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Firefighting Foam Lawyers at our law firm, please call 1-800-988-8005 or submit an email inquiry above.
 

What is Firefighting Foam?

Firefighters, including those stationed at military bases and airports, use a particular type of chemical-based foam to extinguish fires more effectively.  Known as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), many of these products are made with the toxic chemicals, PFOS and PFAS.  PFOS and PFAS have been linked to various health conditions, including an elevated risk of cancer and stunted growth in children.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the EPA have reported that PFAS may be associated with cancer.  Many municipal fire departments have ceased using firefighting foam containing PFAS, but military bases throughout the country continue to use the dangerous foam.  Moreover, PFOS and PFAS in firefighting foam does not only affect those who handle it- these chemicals have been known to enter local groundwater and contaminate drinking water supplies that are accessible to those who live nearby.
 

What is Happening with Firefighting Foam?

U.S. military firefighters have been using firefighting foam for almost 60 years and firefighters at airports were required by the Federal Aviation Administration to use the foam until 2018.  The Department of Defense identified over 400 military sites that are potentially contaminated with the toxic compounds contained in firefighting foam. In 2018, a federal inquiry determined that PFAS are more dangerous than previously reported and prompted revised recommendations for safe levels of exposure to the compounds. Lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of firefighting foam for failing to warn users that exposure to the chemicals contained in firefighting foam could lead to various cancers.

The Department of Environmental Protection of the State of New Jersey announced that the state filed a lawsuit against companies for knowingly producing and selling products containing toxic firefighting foam in New Jersey for decades.  According to the lawsuit, which asserts both environmental and consumer fraud claims, corporations manufactured and sold AFFF products that contain PFOA and PFOS chemicals to firefighters even though they were aware of the health and environmental risks posed by these chemicals when they are released into the environment.

https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/health-effects.html

https://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2019/19_0514b.htm

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/12/new-drinking-water-crisis–stemming-from-us-military-bases-pfas-contamination.html
 

Firefighting Foam Side Effects and Complications

The most serious side effects of exposure to chemicals in firefighting foam include:

  • Impaired growth in children;
  • Fertility complications;
  • Damage to the immune system; and
  • Increased risk of kidney, testicular and pancreatic cancers.

 

Firefighting Foam Lawyers are Ready to Help

Contact our Firefighting Foam Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Firefighting Foam cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Firefighting Foam Lawyers at our law firm, please call 1-800-988-8005 or submit an email inquiry above.

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