The fire suppressant AFFF is dangerous because it contains perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in a concentration of up to 98%.
These harmful substances, known as PFAS or “forever chemicals,” persist in the body for a long time, being able to cause serious, even fatal, diseases.
PFAS exposure can lead to liver damage, thyroid disease, obesity, fertility issues, and cancer. Civilian and military firefighters who regularly use AFFF inevitably come in contact with PFAS, even if they wear protective gear. The following are only some of the dangers of exposure to PFAS:
Perhaps the most hazardous chemicals from this group are PFOA and PFOS, as they have a strong association with cancer. Unfortunately, they are often found in AFFF, posing a major health threat to firefighters who use them. These chemicals are also endocrine disruptors, meaning they can throw the hormone system off balance once they enter the body. For this reason, AFFF exposure can also result in thyroid disease and breast cancer. If you are or were a civilian or military firefighter and now suffer from a disease related to AFFF exposure, do not hesitate to contact us.
With over 35 years of experience in evaluating toxic exposure claims, Atraxia Law will gladly help you determine whether you are eligible to file a claim for AFFF exposure. The only necessary documents to have your case reviewed are your employment or military records and your medical records. Eligible individuals will immediately be put in touch with a reliable, specialized attorney so they can have their AFFF exposure claims filed.