Texas Firefighting Foam Lawsuit | File A Claim Today
Firefighting Foam, also known as AFFF (aqueous film-forming foam) is a type of foam that forms a thin layer of water on the surface of a liquid and can extinguish fires involving flammable liquids, such as gasoline, oil, and grease. Firefighters and U.S. military firefighters have used AFFF for decades because it cools the burning liquid, displaces oxygen, and smothers the flames.
Although firefighting foam has been used since the 1960's, new evidence provides evidence that AFFF contains dangerous chemicals, called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are now linked to cancer for firefighters who are exposed to it.
If you or a loved one was exposed to AFFF in Texas and developed cancers, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation today through a toxic firefighting foam lawsuit. Various cancers, including breast cancer, testicular cancer, liver cancer, testicular cancer, pancreatic cancer, and more have been associated with exposure to the chemicals that make up AFFF.
How To Join The Firefighting Foam Lawsuit In Texas
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What Is Firefighting Foam?
Fire fighting foam, also known as AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam), is an incredibly important tool for combating and suppressing fires of all types. It functions by encapsulating flammable liquids on the ground and in the air, preventing them from spreading or igniting further. This foam is created by combining air and water with a surfactant, or soap-like agent, that reduces surface tension so that the foam can maintain its shape even within a spray pattern. The combination of liquid and foam has a much higher ability to smother or extinguish blaze than just liquid alone. Firefighting foam has been used extensively against both hydrocarbon-based fuel fires as well as polar solvent-based ones. In addition to its primary use against fires, firefighting foam can be used for other purposes such as controlling dusts during smaller manufacturing processes or purging volatile organic compounds from water sources. Its versatility makes it an indispensable tool in many fields that require fire suppression or hazardous material containment.
Firefighting Foam Linked to Cancer
Firefighting foam has been linked to a wide range of cancers, including bladder, breast and colorectal (colon and rectal) cancer. This is due to a toxic chemical present in the foam, perfluoroalkyls (PFASs), which has been found by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase the risk of developing these cancers. Furthermore, this toxin can spread into soil and groundwater near areas where firefighting foam is used-- meaning that individuals living around airports or military bases are at an increased risk of exposure as well. For these reasons, it is important for firefighters to take precautions when using these foams and for individuals living near potential sources of PFASs to educate themselves on the risks associated with this dangerous toxin.
What to Look for in Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawyers
With the right mass tort attorney on your side, you can be confident that you have a strong chance at winning your Firefighting Foam Case and receiving the compensation you deserve.
When interviewing potential attorneys in Texas, be sure to ask about about the following:
Their history of success in handling firefighting foam cancer cases.
Whether the law firm offers free case evaluation to potential clients.
What type of case resources and experts the firm maintains and is considering using for your claim
If the firm has experience dealing with the major manufacturers of firefighting foam
Whether their attorneys are familiar with the latest scientific research on the health effects of exposure to firefighting foam chemicals
The mass tort attorney should also handle cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that their payment is contingent upon them winning your case. You will not have to pay anything upfront, and they only receive payment if they are successful in getting you the compensation you deserve. If you believe you may have a mass tort case, please contact our office for a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers. We would be happy to review your case and determine how we can best assist you.
Settlement Amount for AFFF Lawsuits
With extensive expertise in mass tort cases, our attorneys project that the best-situated plaintiffs in the AFFF settlement should secure compensation ranging from $200,000 to $500,000. For those who fall into the secondary tier, their anticipated settlements may range between $150,000 and $300,000. As these potential numbers suggest, this settlement may offer meaningful financial reparation for the damages suffered by so many people. The details of what each individual is eligible to receive will be based on a number of factors, including the type of cancer, stage of the illness, medical treatment needed, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, stem cell transplants, surgical removal or cancerous cells or growths, or otherwise.
What Is the Defense to The AFFF Lawsuits?
The defense to the AFFF lawsuits can be complex, however some of the most common legal arguments made in these cases include a lack of causation between the contamination and the plaintiffs' injuries, that manufacturers adequately warned users about potential risks associated with using the product, or insufficient evidence proving a link between their product and any potential health risks. It is also argued that because AFFF firefighting foam was used by the U.S. military and federal agencies for years without reported problems that any subsequent negative effects were not caused by the product alone, but rather by other variables at play. Finally, manufacturers have produced evidence that suggest that alternative fire prevention measures may be more harmful than AFFF firefighting foam given their toxicity or combustibility levels, which has helped shift some blame away from their products.
Contact Sneed & Mitchell to File Your Firefighting Foam Lawsuit
Have you been exposed to AFFF (firefighting foam) for at least one year? Are you struggling with cancer related to this exposure, such as pancreatic, testicular, prostate or kidney? If so, our AFFF lawyers are now accepting new cases. We have the experience and legal know-how to get you the compensation you deserve. Our firefighting foam law firm understands how devastating developing cancer in this way can be and we’re here to walk alongside you throughout the entire legal process.
Don’t wait another day; contact us immediately if you meet the criteria listed above. By doing so, your claim could potentially join the AFFF lawsuit settlement which could entail significant financial compensation. Call us today at 866-434-0014 and let our experienced attorneys help get your claim started.