Firefighting Foam Lawyer in San Diego

Firefighting Foam

In 2018, The United States Fire Administration disclosed the hidden dangers that are in firefighting foam. The toxic chemicals will stay in your body for long periods.  Irreversible health conditions attached to each purchase or use of Human-made chemical compounds are being sold to consumers nationwide.  The Mitchell Firm has over twenty-five years of experience in investigating cases that involve occupational exposure and related health conditions. If you are a firefighter, these chemicals and compounds are likely directly related to your health.

How Can The Mitchell Firm Help You?

As a firefighter, you have dedicated your career to help prevent others from sustaining injuries, and The Mitchell Firm would like to return the favor. Since the 1950s, firefighters have used firefighting foam as a resource to put out fires because of its effectiveness to combat the flames involving jet fuel and petroleum fuel.  You were not thinking about the permanent damage that the chemicals would cause to your health.

What occupations have been in direct contact with these compounds?

If you served as a military firefighter or worked as an airport firefighter, you are at a higher risk of being exposed to Cancer.  In 2018, the Federal Airport Administration (FAA) mandated that all airports are required to use PFA-containing foam following U.S. Navy guidelines.

The U.S. Navy is not the only branch of the military that is using this foam.  It is also used in training missions and less critical exercises on military bases nationwide. If you or a loved one were a firefighter in the military or for an airport, The Mitchell Firm would like to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

What are the chemicals used in firefighting foam?

Firefighting foam, also known as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), has two compounds that can cause severe health conditions.

AFFF is used to create a layer over the fire, preventing oxygen from fueling the flames. It contains two compounds that are harmful to your health.

  • Two PFAS compounds
    • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
      • The human-made chemical has a steady persistence in the environment.
      • Contaminates water, soil, and air during and after the manufacturing process.
      • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actively monitors water supplies in the United States, and the agency has detected measurable amounts of PFOA in drinking water in most states.
  • Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS)

What are the severe health conditions caused by firefighting foam?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), firefighting foam has emerging contaminants known to cause Cancer.  The American Cancer Society (ACS) has released information that is linking the chemicals used to make the foam to eight different types of Cancer.

What are the eight kinds of Cancer linked to firefighting foam?

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Prostate Cancer

How Do I know if I have a case?

To determine if you were affected by the Cancer-causing chemicals in firefighting foam, The Mitchell Firm will investigate and execute a plan to determine if you have a case.  We will take a look at the information we receive and keep you in the loop. Our goal is to help you heal while we handle the mess.  We have helped firefighters across the nation receive compensation for occupational exposure, and our team of firefighting foam experts can do the same for you! Call the Mitchell Firm today and see how we can help you!