Unfortunately, there is no shortage of fires throughout the country. For many years, firefighters have worked to protect our citizens by keeping them out of harm’s way. The issues arise when these protections cause a whole new set of problems for innocent bystanders. Aqueous film forming foams (AFFF) have been used as fire suppressants for decades. Ever since their inception, they have been linked to serious health effects, including increased risks of cancer and damage to the immune system.
While there is no denying that AFFF agents are extremely effective in fighting fires, there is also little doubt that they are capable of causing a great deal of harm in their own right. Their chemical makeup can be toxic to the human body, leaving behind effects that may take years to appear in victims. The personal injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC will stand by firefighting foam victims to fight for their right to compensation.
Just because a party did not mean to cause you harm, does not mean that they should not be held responsible for their actions. When individuals continue to ignore the warning signs that come along with hazardous materials like these, they are continually putting the members of their community at risk. Fires can take place at any place for any number of reasons. As a result, exposure to AFFF can happen without warning.
Together, we will fight to give you legal representation so you can move on with the rest of your life. To find out more, give us a call at (215) 642-2335. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started on your case. You are not in this alone.
The Harmful Effects of AFFF
Manufacturers of AFFF have made the product with a variety of toxic chemicals since their inception. While this may seem like a small price to pay for being saved from a potentially lethal fire, the aftereffects of exposure can be harrowing. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the main source of toxicity is the polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) included in the chemical process used to make certain types of AFFF, which have the potential to be extremely harmful to the human body.
These chemicals may cause:
- Certain types of cancer, including kidney, testicular, pancreatic, Prostate, Bladder, Lymphoma, Leukemia, and more
- Stunted growth in adolescents
- Complications with fertility in both males and females
- Weakened immune systems, which may lead to other more serious diseases and ailments
These firefighting foams do not just affect civilians exposed to the AFFF toxins. In many cases, it is the firefighters, police officers, and military personnel themselves who are stricken with its unintended side effects. A legal team can help protect your right to compensation, so you can use your compensation to pay for your medical bills, loss of wages, mental anguish, and other expenses.
The personal injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC have worked with countless clients exposed to these dangerous chemicals. Nobody has the right to put you in harm’s way due to their negligence. An attorney can work with you to help build a legal case to prove the party’s wrongdoing and get you the compensation you deserve in your AFFF firefighting foam case. Far beyond physical ailments, these exposures can cause untold mental anguish that should be considered in the court’s judgment as well. Call us today at (215) 642-2335 for your free consultation.
Growing Concern Over AFFF Exposure
As time goes on, we are slowly starting to learn more and more about the harmful nature of these chemicals. In New Jersey, the Department of Environment Protection brought a lawsuit against manufacturers who produced these dangerous foams over the years. Public servants and government workers are inherently at a higher risk for exposure to these chemicals due to the nature of their work.
Even when they are not in the line of duty, AFFF agents have long been used for training purposes to prepare firefighters and military personnel for their line of work. The chemicals would be dangerous enough for an individual exposed to them once, but repeated exposure can greatly increase the likelihood of serious effects. Further, harmful toxins like these are not always fast-acting. An exposed party may not even realize that the chemical has had any effect on them until years after the fact. This delay can cause problems with legal actions if you do not bring your case to court promptly.
Generally, there is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury cases in the state. This may vary in specific states. This time limit goes into effect once the party finds out that they have been injured or otherwise harmed by the event in question. If your case has exceeded the allotted timeframe, then the case may be thrown out.
A Team of Attorneys by Your Side
Here at Cordisco & Saile LLC, we want to give our clients legal representation so they can navigate the legal process, which can sometimes be confusing. With a team of attorneys by your side, you will be able to worry about the more important things while we work to prove your case. We will do this in a number of ways, including reviewing medical documents and gathering eyewitness testimony. To find out more about how we can help protect your right to compensation in your AFFF firefighting foam case, call today at (215) 642-2335 for your free consultation.