Bensalem, PA – May 7th, 2020 – Cordisco & Saile, LLC, a leading personal injury law firm in Bucks County, PA, recently announced that they are now handling AFFF Firefighting Foam cases. The nationally recognized and award-winning attorneys have added AFFF Firefighting Foam to their diverse category of personal injury legal services to help people who have suffered ill health from exposure to the harsh chemicals used in manufacturing the firefighting foam.
AFFF Firefighting Foam and Its Hazards
Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) is a chemical compound used in firefighting. It helps to extinguish fires by creating a blanket that cuts off oxygen, which fire or fuel needs to burn. To completely smother the fire, chemicals called Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) are used in the firefighting foam.
AFFF is quite efficient in stopping fires within a short time but recent studies by leading organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have found linked some PFAS to development of cancer among firefighters and people exposed to the chemicals. EPA now classifies PFAS as emerging contaminants and hazardous to human health.
PFAS increases the chances of developing cancers such as kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia, Neuroendocrine tumors, and Lymphoma. PFAS are extremely durable in nature and do not break down to be eliminated from the body over a long time. They can remain in the body for many years.
People at High Risk of PFAS Exposure
People who work as military or airport firefighters are at high risk of getting exposed to PFAS. The US Navy and other military branches have been using AFFF Firefighting foam in critical missions and training since the 1960s while the Federal Airport Administration (FAA) required all airports to use the firefighting foam until 2018. The military is currently phasing out some PFAS but thousands of people have already been exposed to the cancer-causing firefighting foam.
Besides military personnel and firefighters, families and individuals who have lived or spent a long time close to chemical plants, oil refineries, flammable liquid processing and storage facilities, aircraft crash sites, and firefighting training areas may have been exposed to dangerous PFAS. People who work in facilities that manufacture the foam, firefighters who use it, and military personnel are at greatest risk of exposure.
The firefighting foam has also been found to contaminate groundwater. Direct ingestion of water contaminated with AFFF runoff can also be harmful to health. Cordisco & Saile, LLC now has a team of experienced personal injury lawyers ready to help people who have suffered from exposure to AFFF Firefighting Foam get the compensation they deserve.
About Cordisco & Saile, LLC
Cordisco & Saile, LLC is a team of experienced personal injury attorneys based in Bucks County, PA. The law firm has been helping residents of Bucks County and beyond with personal injury and workers’ compensation legal services for more than 30 years. They are currently taking personal injury cases involving cancer caused by exposure to AFFF Firefighting foam.