Have You Been Harmed By The Fire Suppressant AFFF?
Military and civilian firefighters work hard to keep everyone safe, but how safe are the products being used to extinguish fires? It turns out, some are not very safe at all. If you are a firefighter or military service person who has used a spray foam called aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), or you live in an area where AFFF was used, you may be facing serious health hazards.
Scientists developed the chemical-heavy, synthetic foam in the 1970s, and it is incredibly effective in battling difficult petroleum-based fires. AFFF includes chemicals that are dangerous to both people and the environment. If you are or were exposed to these chemicals, or drank water near a site where they were used, your risk of developing certain cancers and diseases could have increased dramatically as a direct result.
At Kelley & Ferraro, LLP, based in Cleveland, Ohio, our attorneys have focused their attention and experience on personal injury and consumer protection. When a manufacturer makes a product available to the public that turns out to be unsafe, we demand accountability and compensation for the victims.
How Might AFFF Have Affected You?
For over 50 years, the fire suppressant AFFF has been used to fight petroleum-based fires. AFFF is a synthetic foam made with fluorinated surfactants – a substance that lowers the surface tension between two liquids, reducing the surface area in which the fire can spread. This type of foam is highly effective in battling petroleum-based fires.
Health hazards and environmental risks associated with AFFF are significant and may include:
- Altered thyroid levels
- Immune system dysfunction
- Chemical burns
- Low infant birth weights
In many cases, the victims of AFFF exposure are those who had close proximity to the chemical. There have been reports over the years of large amounts of AFFF discharged into the oceans or left to soak into the ground after fire-training exercises. Eventually, these chemicals make their way into drinking water. By the time restrictions were placed on AFFF, it was too late.
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When a product is designed and marketed as a safety device, the last thing it should do is harm you. Unfortunately, AFFF did just that.
If you suspect that your cancer or another medical condition was caused by exposure to AFFF, you may be entitled to compensation. While no amount of money can erase what has already happened to you, money can help pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers today by calling Cleveland’s Kelley & Ferraro, LLP at 216-238-8654. You may also send us an email.