Firefighter Foam Exposure Attorneys in Fort Worth, Texas
First responders are known for taking risks and putting their own lives on the line for the rest of us, but there are some risks that don’t always become apparent until much later. In the case of firefighting foam, substances in regular use since the 1960s are now known to contain ingredients that are either known or suspected carcinogens. Repeated, long-term exposure to these substances can put firefighters at substantially increased risk of developing cancer or other severe health problems.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer or another health condition after exposure to firefighting foam, you have the right to take legal action to pursue financial compensation. At The Haslam Firm, our team is ready to fight for you. We will stand by your side every step of the way as you seek the resolution you deserve. We proudly serve individuals and families in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the greater Dallas and Houston metropolitan areas. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and learn about your options.
What Is Firefighting Foam?
Firefighting foam has been in use for decades due to its efficiency in controlling and extinguishing burning liquids (including oil, gasoline, and other highly flammable chemicals). Though effective and used extensively, this foam has been linked to increasing health conditions as time has passed.
Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF)
The technical name for firefighting foam, aqueous fil-forming foam (or AFFF), describes how the substance functions to extinguish fires. The foam creates a film that serves as a barrier on the surface of a burning liquid, which cools the temperature and deprives the fire of the oxygen it needs, thereby smothering the flames.
Per- & Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
Firefighting foam and protective equipment used by firefighters have been found to contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (known as PFAS), which newer studies have shown to cause various types of cancer in humans. Not only are the firefighters exposed to these substances at risk of developing health problems, but people living near areas in which the foam was used are in danger as well due to the foam affecting the soil and groundwater.
The Dangers of Firefighter Foam Exposure
Firefighting foam (and its PFAS ingredients) have been found to cause a wide range of cancers. Its extensive use by firefighters, airport workers, and military personnel has led to an increase in the number of people who have developed cancer and health conditions.
Continued exposure to PFAS has been linked to developing health problems including, but not limited to:
Individuals who spent extensive time using these chemicals at military bases, airports, fire departments, and oil refineries, are at high risk due to continued exposure.
PFAS have been categorized as “forever chemicals” due to the substantial half-life of the substances. These chemicals can build up within a person’s body over time, with potential health problems developing years — or even decades — later. These substances can contaminate the groundwater and soil of the areas where they are used, remaining present for years and posing a health risk to people living or working nearby.
If you believe the health problems you or a loved one has developed are the result of firefighting foam exposure, you can file an injury claim to seek compensation. As part of the process, your legal representation will work with you to determine your eligibility to file a claim, assess your medical condition and health history, and help you start the process of filing your claim.
Due to the increasing number of people developing illnesses from firefighting foam exposure, there are also class-action lawsuits currently in progress. Consulting with your attorney can provide you with updated details regarding your legal options.
Trust an Experienced Attorney
Dealing with health problems is stressful and difficult. When those health problems are the result of the negligence of another party, you deserve the opportunity to hold that party accountable.
By working with an experienced personal injury law firm, you can pursue financial compensation that can be used to pay your medical costs and make up for lost income if you are unable to work due to your health issues. A knowledgeable attorney can assess your situation, explain your legal options, and help you build a strategy to seek the most favorable outcome available.
Firefighter Foam Exposure Injuries Attorneys Serving Fort Worth, Texas
When your health or the health of someone you love is put at risk through something out of your control, you need to do whatever you can to seek answers. If you or a family member are dealing with the effects of firefighter foam exposure, contact us at The Haslam Firm for help. We serve the needs of clients in Fort Worth, Texas, and throughout the Dallas and Houston areas.