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Aqueous film-forming foam, or AFFF, is a synthetic fire-fighting foam that’s been used since 1970 to extinguish Class B fires. Class B fires are those formed from flammable liquids and gasses, and so are unable to be put out by water. AFFF is very effective in extinguishing these fires, but it also contains two groups of carcinogens: PFOS and PFOA, both of which are extremely toxic substances.

Because of these cancer-causing chemicals’ presence in AFFF and their relative stability, they accumulate in the body of people who use AFFF, like firefighters and those who’ve served on military bases. As a result, these people are at a higher risk of developing cancer—though just how much of a risk is unknown.

If you’ve been frequently exposed to AFFF and afterward developed cancer, you could be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries. Call Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys at 888.501.7888 for a FREE legal consultation with our Louisiana mass tort attorneys today!