Individuals that have extensive contact with firefighting foam—typically those in the firefighting profession, including military firefighter—have filed lawsuits against the foam’s manufacturers, claiming that certain chemicals in the product damage the kidneys, testicles, and pancreas, eventually leading to care diagnoses. Firefighting foam has been in use for over 60 years, exposing generations of firefighters to its dangers. The recent lawsuits allege that the manufacturers knew the risks of prolonged exposer to the substance and failed to warn of those dangers.
Firefighting foam contains a toxic substance known as polyfluoroalkyl substances, referred to as PFAS. This group of chemicals have been linked to cancer, as well as stunting growth in children. Both the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) have reported PFAS can be associated with cancer, and that the substance poses an environmental risk. The Department of Environmental Protection for the state of New Jersey filed a lawsuit against manufacturers of the foam for knowingly producing and selling products containing toxic substances.
The United States military has been using firefighting foam from the products inception. The Federal Aviation Administration required firefighters at airports to use firefighting foam. According to the Department of Defense, more than 400 military site have been contaminated with the product. The consensus is now building that these chemical compounds are so dangerous that safe levels of exposure were reevaluated.
If you or a loved one have suffered kidney damage or cancer, testicular cancer, or pancreatic cancer after exposure to firefighting foam, you may have a claim for compensation for your medical expenses and the pain and suffering you have endured. Contact the experienced dangerous product attorneys at Neumann Law Group. We offer a free consultation and will evaluate your claim.