Aqueous Film Forming Foam has been linked to cancer.Have you been exposed to AFFF foam? Also known as Aqueous Film Forming Foam or “firefighting foam,” AFFF foam is a firefighting suppressant often used by firefighters at airports to extinguish high-temperature fires, often those involving jet fuel or petroleum-based accelerants. AFFF foam contains harmful chemicals that may cause cancer.

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Is AFFF Foam Toxic?

Yes, AFFF (Aqueous Film-Forming Foam) can be toxic under certain circumstances. AFFF is a firefighting foam widely used to suppress fires involving flammable liquids, such as petroleum-based products. While it is effective in extinguishing fires, AFFF contains certain chemical compounds that have raised concerns about their potential toxicity.

The primary concern with AFFF is the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are a group of synthetic chemicals used to give the foam its firefighting properties. PFAS are persistent in the environment and have been associated with various health risks, including potential adverse effects on human health.

Studies have shown that exposure to PFAS can lead to a range of health issues, including:

  1. Increased risk of certain cancers
  2. Liver damage
  3. Reproductive and developmental issues
  4. Weakened immune response
  5. Hormone disruption

These health risks are of particular concern for firefighters and other emergency responders who may have prolonged exposure to AFFF during training or firefighting operations.

Due to the potential toxicity of AFFF and the environmental impact of PFAS, there have been efforts to phase out the use of PFAS-containing foams and find alternative firefighting solutions. Some jurisdictions have already restricted or banned the use of PFAS-based AFFF in certain applications, opting for fluorine-free alternatives that aim to be more environmentally friendly and less toxic.

It's essential for individuals who may handle or come into contact with AFFF to follow safety protocols, use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and be aware of the potential health risks associated with these foams. Additionally, proper disposal of AFFF is crucial to prevent environmental contamination. If you have specific concerns about AFFF or its use in your area, it is best to consult with local authorities or environmental agencies for the most up-to-date information and guidance.

What to do if you've been affected by AFFF Foam?

If you’ve been exposed to AFFF foam as a firefighter (civilian or military), airport worker, or property owner and diagnosed with kidney or testicular cancer, AFFF firefighting foam may be responsible — and you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

Property owners with land nearby airports or military facilities may also be affected if AFFF runoff has contaminated their water supply.

We believe Justice Counts and are committed to holding potentially negligent companies and manufacturers like 3M and Dupont responsible.

Do I need an attorney for my AFFF Foam case?

If you or a loved one suspect exposure to AFFF Foam and had negative impacts from it, contact Georgia Super Lawyer Jason R. Schultz PC to make sure you are compensated for all of your lost wages, medical expenses and pain. Do not face this crisis on your own.  

The Law Office of Jason Schultz works on a contingency basis, meaning the firm will not charge you until you receive a fair financial settlement. For a free consult with a personal injury attorney, serving communities around Atlanta, Peachtree, Marietta, Fayetteville, College Park, Senoia, and all throughout Georgia, contact The Law Office of Jason Schultz today at 404-474-0804.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.