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What is Aqueous Film-Forming Foam, also known as AFFF?
In the aftermath of a fire, you might think it would be most effective to use water to extinguish the flames—but that’s not always the case.
Firefighting foam—also known as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF)—is a chemical mixture developed in the 1960s and used by firefighters as a fire-retardant agent.
It’s used to fight fires on land, including oil spills and wildfires, as well as on oil and gas fires at sea.
It’s also sprayed onto flammable materials as a pretreatment to prevent them from burning and spreading fires.
For more information, check out this resource on firefighting foam.
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What are the Dangers of AFFF That Might Form the Basis For a Firefighting Foam Lawsuit?
In recent years, firefighters have been exposed to toxic chemicals associated with firefighting foam when they are near areas where these chemicals were used.
The foam contains a variety of chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).
Together, they are referred to as PFAS and are known to be toxic and carcinogenic.
According to the US Fire Administration, PFASs are often called the “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the human body or in the environment and can accumulate over time.
Exposure to this family of chemicals has been linked to cancer and other health effects.
As a result, some firefighters have developed serious health problems such as cancer, neurological disorders, and other illnesses.
And it’s not just firefighters at risk.
If you’re one of the following high-risk groups, you should consider filing a firefighter foam lawsuit for your pain and suffering:
Firefighters are exposed to these toxic chemicals when they put out accidental fires and also when they practice fire extinguishing drills.
Military and Navy firefighters are frequently exposed to AFFF foam as part of their training and service in emergency situations.
Airport personnel must also use AFFF as a part of their training to learn how to suppress fires with AFFF, holding firefighting drills on a regular basis.
What Might Some of the Elements of a Firefighter Foam Lawsuit Contain?
Firefighting foam manufacturers can be held liable for the health effects attributed to PFAS contamination because of their negligence in failing to warn the public of the health risks.
The major chemical manufacturers blamed for failing to warn the public include:
- National Foam, Inc.
- Dynax Corporation
- 3M Company
- Chemours Company
- Tyco Fire Products
- Buckeye Fire Equipment Co.
When you seek compensation for firefighting foam exposure, you must prove the causation and negligence that caused your personal injury.
Negligence means that someone failed to exercise due care toward others or did not act with reasonable care in a situation where they should have known better than to behave as they did.
If you are filing a firefighter foam lawsuit for injuries related to AFFF exposure, it must be proven that the government knew about the dangers of this chemical and failed to warn firefighters and civilians about its potential risks.
Causation refers to the relationship of cause and effect between one event or action and the result—it’s the act or process that produces an effect.
For example, there are some types of cancer that are linked specifically to certain types of chemicals found in AFF firefighting foam, such as benzene-based perchlorate compounds (BPCs).
Causation in negligence can be hard to determine because every negligence case is subjective.
Causation is not always obvious, so there must be legal parameters to follow to determine the cause of the negligence.
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