All across the country, firefighters, military personnel, and communities are filing firefighting foam cancer lawsuits. These lawsuits allege that the companies making firefighting foam knew of the inherent dangers of their products, yet failed to warn the public of these risks, most notably the risk of cancer due to exposure.
If you or someone you love received a cancer diagnosis and you believe exposure to firefighting foam is to blame, it is important to speak to an experienced and knowledgeable product liability lawyer immediately. Exposure to firefighting foam is a severe health hazard that can lead to a significantly high risk of developing cancer and other health problems. Firefighting foam may look fairly innocuous due to its bubbly white appearance. However, despite its mild appearance, it undoubtedly contains hazardous chemicals that can not only hurt you but also contaminate entire communities as well.
An important factor in this process is properly understanding the full breadth of damages that exposure to firefighting foam can inflict in order to properly calculate exactly what you need when seeking compensation through a lawsuit. Our attorneys want to listen to your story, examine your case, and help you learn more about the legal options available to you. We can help you collect the damages you deserve after suffering from a firefighting foam-related cancer or medical illness.
What is Firefighting Foam?
Firefighting foam or aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) as it is also known, is a firefighting tool utilized to put out fires that water is not effective against such as oil-based flames and fires fueled by jet fuel. Firefighting foam has seen widespread use for decades as far back as the 60s by more than just firefighters. One of the biggest users of AFFF is the military with all branches utilizing the foam on a number of military sites.
Toxic Firefighting Foam and Hazardous PFAS Chemicals
The danger firefighting foam poses come from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that have had a long and controversial history of harming those they come into contact with. These chemicals were actually the focus of a feature film called “Dark Waters” which chronicled the struggle to litigate Dupont over the unregulated pollution and subsequent poisoning of an entire West Virginia Community with PFAS.
Carcinogenic PFOS and PFOA in Firefighting Foam
The two most damaging PFAS that are in firefighting foam are perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). These two chemicals exhibit a number of dangerous carcinogenic properties that damage cell health and lead to cancer. Researchers and scientists conducted numerous studies to determine the effects of PFOA and PFOS exposure. The conclusion is that these chemicals are not only dangerous because they can give you cancer, but also because they have a very long half-life. This basically means that PFOA and PFOS take an incredibly long amount of time to break down. For this reason, they have the nickname “forever chemicals.” These chemicals will last centuries, finding their way into the tissues of animals and into the soil and groundwater we drink.
Does Firefighting Foam Cause Cancer?
- Kidney (renal) cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Neuroendocrine tumors
- Prostate cancer
- Liver cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer (colon and/or rectal cancer)
How Much Money Can I Get for a Firefighting Foam Lawsuit?
When you suffer from cancer or another firefighting foam illness, you have a right to seek compensation for the damages caused. The amount of compensation that you can expect to receive from a firefighting foam cancer lawsuit depends on several factors. Despite the common denominator of all of these lawsuits being hazardous firefighting foam, each case is unique and the varying details can have a significant impact on your chances of successfully receiving compensation for damages.
For starters, the amount of money that you get from a case depends on the type of damages that you claim. These damages are typically both economic and non-economic in nature. The extent of your damages depends largely on the severity of your injury. In general, however, cancer and other firefighting foam health illnesses are severe. As such, the damages suffered are costly and individuals and families often need a considerable amount of compensation to help cover those damages. There is no set amount paid out for cancer injuries since everyone’s illness can be very different. It’s all determined on a case by case basis.
Firefighting Foam Lawsuits and Economic Damages
The law defines economic damages as financial damages suffered because of an injury, cancer, or illness. These damages are easier to calculate and include monetary losses suffered both now and in the future. Economic damages can include:
Medical Expenses: the cost of medical care when dealing with cancer can be exceptionally expensive. Doctor consultations, chemotherapy, cancer drugs, surgeries, and hospital stay can leave a person in crippling debt even when they have saved up while working a well-paying job and have insurance coverage.
Lost Wages: Being out of work with an injury can result in the loss of much-needed wages you could have possibly earned. This can put an increased financial strain on families struggling to deal with illness.
Loss of Future Earnings: Put plainly, cancer ruins lives. Entire careers are lost because of a cancer diagnosis which can drastically affect someone’s earning potential and consequently, their quality of life.
Cost of Future Medical Care: Treating cancer caused by firefighting foam does not often end quickly. Many require medical care and treatment throughout their lives. Damages must include money to pay for ongoing treatment, checkups, therapy, and prescriptions they need because of the damage cancer inflicted.
Firefighting Foam Lawsuits and Non-Economic Damages
In addition to economic damages, some damages are not as easy to put a dollar amount on. These are known as non-economic damages. These damages are not as tangible so calculating their value can require specialized methods and deliberation based on the details of a person’s case. Non-economic damages can include:
Pain and Suffering: Cancer can ravage a person’s body and cause incredible pain. Treatment for cancer also is one of the most intense fights a person can experience. This physical pain and suffering inflicted by cancer may not be easy to quantify but it is damage worthy of compensation.
Loss of Consortium: Cancer can cause immense strain and damage to a person’s relationships. The effects of an injury like cancer on this aspect of a person’s life can be considered part of loss of consortium or companionship damages.
Mental Anguish: In addition to the immense physical pain a person can experience when facing cancer there is also incredible mental and emotional pain they can experience as well. Mental anguish can have a very real effect on a person’s quality of life and is definitely a damage one must consider in a lawsuit over cancer caused by firefighting foam exposure.
Seek an Experienced Firefighting Foam Cancer Attorney
We rely on the producers of various chemical products to provide us with the proper safety information necessary to ensure that those using their product do so aware of any potential risks to their health. If you have developed cancer or another severe illness because of firefighting foam exposure, you may be able to seek compensation for damages you suffered by filing a product liability lawsuit.
Dolman Law Group has assisted those that have suffered at the hands of negligent companies for years by representing injured plaintiffs in product liability lawsuits. Even though our office is located in Florida, we help consumers across the country who suffered because of firefighting foam exposure. Do not hesitate to contact our Clearwater office about your case. We offer free consultations to those that have found themselves in this terrible situation.
Our firefighting foam cancer attorneys can assist you in building your case, calculating the damages you’ve suffered, negotiating settlements, and representing you at trial if need be. The lawyers of Dolman Law Group will walk you through every step of the process and maintain close communication with you in regard to your case’s progress. We provide the resources and experience of a larger law firm while also giving each case the personal touch and investment one would expect from a smaller firm.
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