DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In the early 1970s, the Department of Defense began using aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) to fight fires involving combustible liquids or gases, such as aircraft and jet fuel fires. Due to the effectiveness of the foam, civilian airports, oil refineries, heloports, and petrochemical transfer and production sites also began using AFFF.
Manufacturers Allegedly Knew the Risks
Some believe that the manufacturers of the AFFF firefighting foam, well-known corporations such as DowDupont, 3M, and Chemguard, knew that substances in the firefighting foam, known as PFAS, may be toxic and were linked to cancer and other serious illnesses. Individuals have filed claims against the manufacturers asserting that they knew of the cause-and-effect relationship between PFAS and cancer. Some even cited that 3M conducted tests in the 1970s and 1980s which revealed toxic levels of PFAS in workers' bodies but concealed this information from the EPA and public.
PFAS Declared a Public Health Concern
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have declared that human exposure to PFAS is a public health concern. It is believed that exposure to elevated levels of PFAS and to products containing PFAS, such as firefighting foam, increases the risks on contracting:
- Testicular cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Liver damage
- Thyroid disease
- Immune system issues
Carolina Lawyers Poised to Help Firefighters Who Developed Cancer After Working with AFFF Firefighting Foam
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is taking on cases of firefighters who have developed AFFF-related diseases. If you or a loved one has developed cancer after using firefighting foam, the firm encourages you to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney. Their legal team is ready to assist and can be reached at farrin.com or by calling 1-866-900-7078.
About the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is one of the largest personal injury firms in North Carolina and has served more than 46,000 injured people since 1997.1 Many of the firm's more than 50 accomplished attorneys have won awards and are recognized professionals in their fields. The firm focuses on personal injury, car accidents, workers' compensation, nursing home abuse, whistleblowing, defective products, eminent domain, mass torts, class actions, and Social Security Disability. Their headquarters is in Durham, North Carolina. Visit farrin.com for more information.
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