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February 28, 2020

Who is Responsible for PFAS in Firefighting Foam?

Thousands of firefighters and others exposed to firefighting foam are finding their cancer diagnoses and injuries were caused by toxic chemicals in firefighting foam. Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), or firefighting foam, has contained chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluroalkyl (PFAS) since the 1940’s. These man-made chemicals are incredibly resistant to heat, oil, grease, and water. Because of this sturdy nature, manufacturers have added PFAS into firefighting foams for decades to help fight fires.  

Because they are incredibly resistant and do not break down, PFAS have been dubbed “forever chemicals.” In fact, researchers discovered PFAS can build up inside the human body, never break down, and lead to severe health risks like liver injury, impacted immune system and cancer. Since AFFF has been around so long, potentially thousands upon thousands of individuals could be impacted by toxic firefighting foam and injuries from PFAS in firefighting foam.

Allegedly, companies who put PFAS in firefighting foams knew about the health risks of PFAs since the 1940’s. Even with this knowledge, these companies still sold AFFF foams without disclosing the health risks. Because of their negligence and failing to warn the public of the health risks of PFAS, firefighting foam manufacturers can be held liable for your PFAS injures.

AFFF Manufacturers

Firefighting foam manufacturers who have or currently have lawsuits against them for PFAS in firefighting foam include:

  • 3M Company
  • DuPont
  • Chemours Company
  • Corteva, Inc.
  • Chemguard
  • Tyco Fire Products
  • Buckeye Fire Equipment Company
  • Kidde-Fenwal
  • National Foam, Inc.
  • Dynax Corporation

Many of these companies currently face dozens of additional firefighting foam lawsuits nationwide from both individuals and municipalities. Each of these lawsuits raise similar allegations that PFAS in firefighting foam caused individual injuries or contaminated water sources across the U.S.

Were You Exposed to PFAS in Firefighting Foam?

Were you exposed to PFAS in AFFF and developed cancer or another severe health effect? If so, you may want to file a claim against firefighting foam manufacturers for failing to protect you from toxic chemicals in AFFF foam.

At the McGartland Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers possess track records of success for clients injured by defective and dangerous products. We fight aggressively to ensure you only receive maximal compensation so you get back on track to heal and recover as you deserve. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation consultation or call at (866)832-9300.

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