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Texas Firefighter Foam Cancer Lawsuits

In this article, I am going to address the Texas Firefighter Foam Cancer Lawsuits, the cause, the types of cancer illnesses associated with firefighting foam, and the current state of the litigation.

Texas Firefighter Foam Cancer Lawsuits

Texas Firefighter Foam Cancer Lawsuits. Fire fighting foam linked to deadly Cancers. Call Dr. Shezad Malik at 214-390-3189.

If you are seriously injured or have life-threatening cancer and you are affected by the Texas firefighter foam lawsuit, understanding your legal rights is crucial. This important injury matter centers on allegations that Aqueous Film Forming Foam, AFFF has caused catastrophic health problems for Texas firefighters.

If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by firefighting foam, the Dr. Shezad Malik law firm is here to provide support and fight for your rights.

Texas Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawsuits

There has been an increase in the number of firefighting foam cancer lawsuits over the past few years. These lawsuits have focused on AFFF firefighting foam, a dangerous chemical substance widely used by firefighters to extinguish flammable liquid fires, on a daily basis.

What is Aqueous film-forming foam?

Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a type of fire suppressant used to extinguish flammable liquid fires, including petrol, oil, and other types of hydrocarbon-based fires. It is called “aqueous film forming” because it forms a barrier—a film of water—over the surface of the flammable liquid, which helps to cool the fire and prevent the vapor release that feeds the flames.

Concerns have been raised about the environmental and health impacts of some of the chemical components used in AFFF, especially per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are persistent in the environment and have been linked to serious health issues.

PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because of their persistence in the environment, the drinking water, and the human body has led to fears about their potential health impacts.

Take home message from the Firefighting Foam Cancer Lawsuits

These lawsuits have demonstrated the connection between PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam and cancer. The presence of these toxic, chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked to environmental contamination and various types of cancer.

The dangers associated with AFFF is from environmental and health impacts due to the presence of PFAS. PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used in a variety of industrial and consumer products for their water-repellent, grease-repellent, and non-stick properties.

The challenge with PFAS is their “forever chemicals” nickname, which underscores their resistance to degradation, they do not break down in the environment and can accumulate in human and animal bodies over time.

Once PFAS contaminate a water source, they can remain there for a long time, posing risks to human health and the environment. Traditional water treatment processes are often inadequate for removing PFAS, requiring communities to invest in advanced treatment technologies, such as activated carbon filtration or reverse osmosis, to ensure safe drinking water.

Who are the Manufacturer Defendants in Texas AFFF Lawsuits?

AFFF is produced by several manufacturers around the world, with some of the most notable companies historically involved in its production including:
  1. 3M Company: 3M was one of the original developers and manufacturers of AFFF containing PFAS, particularly PFOS. The company announced in 2000 that it would phase out the production of PFOS-based AFFF due to environmental and health concerns related to PFAS chemicals.
  2. DuPont (now part of Chemours): DuPont has been involved in the production of chemicals used in AFFF, including PFOA. Chemours, a company spun off from DuPont, has also been associated with the production and development of fluorochemicals used in firefighting foams.
  3. Tyco Fire Products (part of Johnson Controls): Tyco has manufactured AFFF used in various firefighting contexts, including military and civilian applications.
  4. Kidde-Fenwal (part of Carrier Global Corporation): Kidde-Fenwal produces firefighting products, including AFFF formulations for different firefighting needs.
  5. Angus Fire: Angus Fire is a UK-based company that produces a range of firefighting foams, including AFFF, for use in emergency response and industrial applications.
  6. National Foam: National Foam is a well-known manufacturer of firefighting foams, including AFFF, catering to various industries and emergency services.

Firefighting Foam and Cancer Link

The health issues associated with AFFF primarily stem from its content of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances PFAS, which are persistent in the environment and can accumulate in the human body over time.

Cancer: There is evidence suggesting that exposure to PFAS can increase the risk of certain types of cancer, particularly testicular and kidney cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified PFOA, one of the PFAS chemicals, as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

Contact with firefighting foam PFAS can lead to various types of cancer, including:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

Texas AFFF Lawsuit Criteria

Individuals who have developed any of the cancers listed above after being repeatedly exposed to AFFF foam qualify for the AFFF lawsuit in Texas. We will have to show substantiate exposure to AFFF in Texas, via key cancer medical records, firefighter work histories showing PFAS exposure, and any other pertinent work history documentation.

What is the status of AFFF lawsuits?

As of February 2024, nearly 7,800 AFFF foam cancer lawsuits have been filed throughout the federal court system, including firefighter cancer lawsuits and water contamination lawsuits being pursued against manufacturers of the firefighting foam.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel is presiding over all pretrial proceedings in the District of South Carolina, as part of an MDL or multidistrict litigation.

Texas Statute of Limitation

Texas enforces a statute of limitations, making injured parties to initiate a lawsuit within a specified period, usually commencing from the date of the cancer diagnosis. Generally, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in Texas.

Developed Cancer from AFFF?

If you or a loved one worked as a firefighter, military personnel, airport worker, and were exposed to the firefighting foam chemicals and developed any of the following serious medical diseases and cancers, Testicular Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Disease (Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism), Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s Disease then the Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm is here to help with filing an AFFF Cancer Lawsuit.

You can speak with one of our representatives by calling 214-390-3189, or by filling out the case evaluation form on this page.

Our law firm’s principal office is in Dallas and we have offices in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm represents clients in dangerous drug and dangerous medical device lawsuits nationwide.

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