AFFF Toxic Exposure Lawyers
Legal Representation for Victims of PFOA/PFOS Exposure in Florida
At The Ferraro Law Firm, we represent current and former firefighters, as well as individuals affected by groundwater contamination, who are suffering serious medical conditions from exposure to aqueous firefighting foams (AFFF) containing the toxic chemicals perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and/or perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
The chemicals used in AFFF have been linked to multiple illnesses and health issues, including cancer. Even if you have never been in direct contact with AFFF or a similar firefighting foam, these dangerous chemicals can seep into nearby groundwater, exposing innocent victims to serious health risks.
If you have become ill or lost a loved one due to toxic chemical exposure related to AFFF, connect with us immediately by calling (888) 554-2030.
Current Class Action Lawsuit Against AFFF Manufacturers
Aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) (aka firefighting foam) contain the toxic chemicals PFOA and/or PFOS (aka PFCs). These toxic chemicals are manufactured by 3M Company, National Foam, Tyco Fire Products, ChemGuard, Kidde Fire Fighting, Inc., and the Ansul Company.
Many people have been harmed due to the deadly, destructive health consequences of exposure to these toxic chemicals, which why The Ferraro Law Firm is taking action. On December 20th, 2018, we filed a class-action lawsuit in the Middle District of Florida against the aforementioned manufacturers on behalf of a class of plaintiffs who worked and/or trained at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala, Florida, where government agencies found dangerously high levels of PFOS and PFOA due to contamination in the College’s water supply.
This is just one example of the danger that AFFF poses to those who have been exposed to it.
Health Risks Associated with Exposure to AFFFs
The toxic chemicals contained in AFFF can cause a number of severe illnesses and health risks. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with or suffered any of the following conditions, contact our attorneys immediately so that we can begin assessing your case!
AFFFs containing PFOA and PFOS have been linked to:
- Testicular and kidney cancers
- Liver damage
- Thyroid disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Preeclampsia in pregnant women
- Cholesterol changes
- Immune system damage (e.g., antibody production and immunity issues)
Indirect Contamination from Contaminated Groundwater
PFOA and PFOS have been found in contaminated water systems that sustain runoff of AFFFs used at military bases and fire training facilities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the use of these chemicals in 3M’s AFFF products back in 2002.
In the last several years, the EPA has lowered the acceptable PFOA levels to 70 ppt, although some states have it as low as 20 or 40 ppt. However, these regulations are not always strictly followed, and, even if they are, exposed persons may still become seriously ill, sometimes to the point of death.
If you or someone you love has been affected by AFFF manufacturers’ failure to adequately warn users of the risks posed by their products, connect with one of our Florida AFFF lawyers as soon as possible by sending us an email or calling (888) 554-2030.