FIREFIGHTING FOAM LAWSUIT (AFFF) IN LOUISIANA
Since the 1960s firefighters have been using aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), which contains polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and synthetic foaming agents.
This substance has been used to coat textiles, including firefighter’s gear, to fireproof these textiles. The firefighting foam itself is primarily used to fight petroleum fires. However, in recent years, it has been discovered that firefighting foam (AFFF) could potentially lead to health problems in firefighters. According to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, firefighting foam products have been banned in the European Union and Canada because of their potential to impact the health of firefighters. The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine notes that PFAS are associated with cancer. There has also been some evidence found that these substances can cause testicular and kidney cancer in humans and in animal studies these substances have been connected with the incidence of other types of cancer. Other studies on the health risks of PFAS indicate that they are associated with a range of cancers including testicular and kidney cancer. Other types of cancer include breast cancer, and other reports indicate that PFAS could be a hormone disruptor and affect the immune system.
There are two concerns with the ongoing use of AFFF foam. One concern is the cancer risk to firefighters themselves, and the second concern is the risk that this foam poses to the general population when it enters the environment, community, or water supply after it is used. If you or someone you love was a firefighter who developed cancer, particularly kidney or testicular cancer after fighting fires using AFFF foam, you and your family may have the right to pursue a lawsuit. Furthermore, if you lived in an area where AFFF foam was disposed of nearby or used near your home, and you or someone you love went on to develop testicular or kidney cancer, you may have the right to fight back and seek compensation for your losses. Stag Liuzza is a firefighting foam lawsuit lawyer in Louisiana that may be able to assist you if you think firefighting foam might be the cause of your cancer.
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PROTECTING FIREFIGHTERS WHO MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO AFFF
Firefighters may be at particular risk because of their potential for long-term close exposure to PFAS chemicals through AFFF firefighting foam. If you have been a long-time firefighter, know that your department has been using AFFF, and have recently developed cancer, you may have the right to seek damages and compensation for your injuries and losses. Stag Liuzza is a firefighting foam lawsuit attorney in Louisiana that may be able to assist you if you or someone you love is fighting cancer or has passed away from cancer as a result of this substance. You and your loved ones may have rights and may be able to join a growing number of families and individuals fighting back. Contact the firefighting foam attorneys in Louisiana at Stag Liuzza today to learn more.
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