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Toxic PFAS Firefighting Foam

The firefighting suppressant, aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) works by coating a fuel sources with a thick layer of foam, blocking the oxygen supply so that firefighters can better extinguish fires. Exposure to AFFF may harm the firefighters, as well as damage the environment into which it is discharged. Firefighting foams commonly contain polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFAS), or perflourinated chemicals, which are alleged to be toxic.

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PFAS health effects

PFAS, known as forever chemicals, are highly toxic, slow to break down, and build up in people repeatedly exposed to them. PFAS have been around since the 1950s and are found in firefighting foams and fire fighter turnout gear.

American and European environmental regulatory agencies, as well as organizations concerned with human health and safety, have determined that PFAS are highly toxic and hazardous to humans and the environment. Fire fighters regularly exposed to PFAS chemicals in their turnout gear seem to have been hit especially hard. Nearly 75% of the people added to the IAFF’s Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Wall in 2022 died from an occupational cancer.

Exposure to toxic PFAS is linked to several forms of cancer including:

  • Kidney
  • Testicular
  • Breast
  • Pancreatic
  • Colon
  • Liver
  • Bladder
  • Thyroid
  • Prostate

Additional diseases of concern include: 

  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Ulcerative colitis 

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Our roots fighting for workers’ safety and health run deep. Our attorneys have represented fire fighters in cases involving cancer, wrongful death, and personal injury as well as in lawsuits involving pension fund securities fraud, data privacy and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Motley Rice had a role in the investigation of and led the litigation efforts over the 2007 Sofa Super Store fire that took the lives of nine fire fighters.

Our attorneys are known for suing asbestos companies, the tobacco industry, September 11, 2001 financiers, and the entire opioid supply chain. We represent individuals, families, workers, communities, governmental entities, and investors in a variety of areas, including plaintiffs in class actions and individual lawsuits that allege PFAS contamination, and in other toxic injury, mesothelioma, wrongful death, workplace injuries, environmental contamination, and securities cases.

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