Firefighting foams known as AFFFs have been linked to an increased cancer risk, including kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and testicular cancer.

If you or a loved one used AFFFs as a firefighter and were diagnosed with these or other cancers, you may qualify to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your illness.

To start your claim today, contact the lawyers at Hissey Mulderig & Friend by calling our office toll-free at 1-866-806-8117, or by sending us a message with the free claims submission form on the side of this page.

What Is Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF)?

Aqueous film-forming foam, or AFFF, is a fire-suppressant that is used fight fires involving flammable liquids, such as gasoline, petroleum, and jet fuel. Some of the largest manufacturers of AFFF firefighting foam include companies such as Dupont, 3M, and Chemguard.

AFFFs are sold in both 3-percent and 6-percent concentrates, depending on the amount of foam that is mixed with water in the product. These concentrates are also referred to as Type 3 and Type 6 firefighting foam.

AFFFs contain chemicals known as per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) – including perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) or perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – commonly known as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down or degrade easily.

When used in firefighting foam, these forever chemicals extinguish liquid fires by coating the burning fuel, cooling it, and smothering the fuel in order to prevent oxygen from reigniting the fire.

AFFFs Linked to Increased Cancer Risk

When military, civilian, or aviation firefighters experience long-term exposure in AFFFs, the forever chemicals in these products can build up in their body, increasing their risk of developing cancer.

Some of the types of cancer that have been linked to long-term exposure to the forever chemicals in AFFFs include:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Renal Cancer 
  • Testicular cancer
  • Uterine / Endometrial Cancer
  • Other types of cancer

AFFF firefighting foam has also been linked to an increased risk of other serious illnesses, including:

  • Thyroid Disease 
  • Ulcerative colitis

Firefighters and other individuals who have been diagnosed with any of the above illnesses after being exposed to AFFF firefighting foams may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for their illness.

Where Was AFFF Firefighting Foam Used?

Because AFFFs are designed to extinguish liquid fires, these firefighting foams were widely used by the military and at airports for decades.

AFFFs were commonly found at airfields and on flight decks by several branches of the U.S. military – including the Air Force and Navy – for more than 60 years. Until AFFFs were fased out a few years ago, these firefighting foams were widely used by military firefighters.

Until 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) fire-fighter performance standards required all airports to carry firefighting foam to extinguish jet fuel fires. AFFFs were used by aviation firefighters until a few years ago at about 90 airports across the U.S.

Other individuals who may have been exposed to AFFF firefighting foam include:

  • Emergency responders
  • Firefighters and trainees
  • First responders
  • Hazmat teams
  • Industrial site workers

Lawsuits Filed Against AFFF Firefighting Foam Manufacturers

3M, Chemgard, Dupont, and other manufacturers of AFFFs may have known about the cancer and other health risks of these firefighting foams for decades, according to recent reports.

Lawsuits filed against companies that manufactured or sold AFFFs have alleged that these companies failed to properly warn firefighters about the health risks they faced from long-term exposure to the forever chemicals in these products.

Since the first AFFF firefighting foam lawsuit was filed, thousands of firefighters, military personnel, aviation workers, and other individuals with illnesses linked to these products have filed lawsuits against companies that manufactured firefighting foams.

Start Your Claim Today

If you or a loved one worked with firefighting foam and have been diagnosed with kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, other types of cancer, or other illnesses linked to AFFFs, you may qualify to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.

The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an experienced attorney, who can advise you regarding your legal rights, help you to determine if you are eligible to file a claim, and assist you in the process of seeking compensation for your illness.

To start the process of filing your claim today, contact the attorneys at Hissey Mulderig & Friend by calling our law office toll-free at 1-866-806-8117, or filling out our free claims submission form at the top of this page.