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About the lawsuit against fire-fighting foam
3M and DuPont, two of the world’s largest chemical manufacturers, are now embroiled in litigation in multiple districts alleging they put people at serious risk in making aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs), as well as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and PFOA perfluorooctanesulfonate ( PFOS), two substances that AFFFs are made from. PFOA and PFOS belong to a highly resistant group of substances that are known as “forever chemicals” and are able to linger in the environment and in the human body for extremely long periods of time because they do not break down by themselves. Both PFOA and PFOS are extremely toxic to humans and have been linked to various diseases and cancers.


A poisonous story
PFOA and PFOS were first made in the 1940s for coating various products, but it wasn’t until 1960 that 3M created the infamous AFFFs. AFFFs were quickly adopted by the military, airports, refineries, and fire departments around the world. Ten 10 years later, PFAS (the type of substance that includes PFOA and PFOS) was found in blood samples from occupationally exposed workers, and not long after that, the US Air Force and Navy discovered that AFFFs were toxic to the environment. Even so, AFFFs were still used and praised for their effectiveness in extinguishing fires with liquid fuel.
The problem with spending decades phasing out the use of PFAS-containing AFFFs is that these chemicals are extremely persistent in the environment and do not go away as quickly on contact with the human body. Decades of exposure to a chemical that does not degrade catalyzed the widespread presence of PFAS in blood samples from the general population. However, firefighters are particularly at risk of being exposed because they use AFFFs to extinguish fires and thus come into direct contact with air containing PFOA / PFOS. Firefighters ingest one of these substances through inhalation, contact with skin and / or pores. People exposed to PFAS are likely to be at risk for years because these substances bind to blood proteins and can remain in the human body for long periods of time.

The EPA judgment
After understanding the hazard posed by PFOA and PFOS, various studies were carried out to understand the effects of these substances on humans and animals. Occupational exposure studies conducted in 3M plants identified the likely effects of PFOA and PFOS, including, but not limited to, changes in cholesterol and triglycerides. Studies examining contaminated communities and the general population also found an association between PFOS and PFOA with higher total cholesterol, as well as a wider range of effects such as increased difficulty in pregnancy, undesirable effects during pregnancy, unnatural changes in thyroid hormones, increased liver enzymes, lower levels Presence of some antibodies, increased severity of asthma, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy and more. In addition, PFOA or PFOS (both substances in some cases) have also been linked to several types of cancer and tumors such as liver tumors, thyroid follicle cell tumors, Leydig cell tumors, ovarian tumors, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian hyperplasia, and others.

Other studies have been done in Nordic countries that specifically monitored firefighters, and these studies have found an even more worrying pattern. A study conducted in Sweden found that firefighters were more likely to have skin cancer without melanoma than the rest of the Swedish population. Another Nordic study found that firefighters suffered from all types of cancer that were studied more often than the rest of the population, particularly prostate cancer and skin melanoma cancer.

looking ahead
Although the 500 lawsuits filed through AFFFs were only recently consolidated under an MDL and no settlements were reached, both 3M and DuPont have resolved claims of PFAS contamination in the past. If both the 3M and DuPont settlements, $ 850 million and $ 670 million, respectively, are any indication of what can happen in terms of financial compensation, the firefighters remain optimistic as they are likely to be right for the wrongdoing experienced be compensated.

Do you have any of these conditions?
If you are a firefighter (or know a loved one) who served prior to 2003, was exposed to AFFFs, and suffers from any of the following conditions, you may be eligible for compensation:

• High total cholesterol
• triglycerides
• Increased time to pregnancy
• Infertility
• Reduced fertility
• Gestational diabetes
• Pregnancy-induced hypotension
• Changes in thyroid hormones
• Elevated liver enzymes
• Less presence of antibodies
• Increased severity of asthma
• Ulcerative colitis
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• cerebral palsy

Cancer and tumors
If you are a firefighter (or know a loved one) who has been exposed to AFFFs and has any of the following cancers or types of tumors, you may be eligible for compensation:
• kidney cancer
• liver cancer
• prostate cancer
• testicular cancer
• Tubular hyperplasia of the ovaries
• Leydig cell tumors
• Thyroid follicle cell tumors

AFFF firefighter foam cancer lawsuit
Our team at Oppenheim Law recognizes the emotional strain that these diseases and cancers can place on individuals and their lives. For this reason, our company provides a team of professionals who are dedicated to representing our customers.
Please contact us 24/7 at (954) 384-6114 so that we can advise you of your statutory rights in order to receive the compensation you are entitled to.

Oppenheim Law | Fire fighting foam lawyers
2500 Weston Rd # 209
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331
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