Companies Sold Firefighting Foam for Decades Despite Possible Health Risks
Firefighting foam has been used since the 1950s. Manufacturers use dangerous chemicals known as PFAS to make firefighting foam. However, PFAS may cause firefighters to develop kidney, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. You may be able to seek compensation if PFAS caused your cancer.
Firefighting Foam & Cancer
Chemical-based firefighting foam has been sold for decades because of its effectiveness extinguishing jet fuel and petroleum fires. However, it may cause kidney, testicular, and pancreatic cancer in firefighters who were regularly exposed to the foam. At particular risk are U.S. military firefighters, as the military widely used the foam for approximately 60 years. Firefighters assigned to airports are also at risk because airports required use of the foam until 2018.
If you or a loved one are a firefighter, were exposed to this foam, and later developed kidney, testicular, or pancreatic cancer, you may be entitled to compensation.
What is Firefighting Foam?
Known officially as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), firefighting foam creates a blanket that cuts off the fuel from the oxygen it needs to burn. To help smother the fire, chemicals known as Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were, and, in some circumstances, are still used.
Major health organizations like The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have noted that certain PFAS may be linked to cancer in firefighters. In fact, the EPA has classified PFAS as “emerging contaminants.” meaning they are likely dangerous to human health.
Cancers associated with PFAS include:
- Kidney Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
The highly durable nature of PFAS means they do not break down over time. Because of this, it may remain in the body for years.
Those who served as airport or military firefighters are at particularly high risk of PFAS exposure. Until 2018, the Federal Airport Administration (FAA) required airports to use PFA-containing foam following U.S. Navy guidelines.
The U.S. Navy and other branches of the military have used firefighting foam since the 1960s, even during training exercises and non-critical missions. It was particularly favored since it could put out jet fuel fires. The military is currently phasing out the use of certain PFAS.
Take Legal Action
Sokolove Law is currently investigating cases involving kidney, testicular, and pancreatic cancer after occupational exposure to firefighting foam.
If you or a loved one are a firefighter, have been exposed to these foams, and later diagnosed with kidney, testicular, or pancreatic cancer, you may wish to file a legal claim against companies that made firefighting foam. You may be able to receive financial compensation for your injuries.
To learn more, contact Sokolove Law today. Our Case Managers will listen to your story and help you understand your options.