Aqueous Film-Forming Foam Lawsuits (AFFF) | Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC

Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)

Compassionate Representation for Those Impacted by AFFF

Fire departments throughout the United States depend on aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) to help extinguish dangerous fires involving flammable liquids like oil and fuel. In recent years, though, the risks of AFFF have become more widely known, and victims who have developed illnesses from AFFF exposure are stepping forward to seek compensation.

The Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC is committed to protecting those impacted by AFFF contamination and has over 30 years of experience fighting for injured victims throughout El Paso. If you have been diagnosed with any condition related to AFFF exposure, it is essential to understand more about AFFF and what legal rights you have.

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Conditions Linked to AFFF Exposure

Aqueous film-forming foam is created using per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFSAS). Exposure to these substances can lead to a variety of health complications, depending on the length and level of exposure. These complications can include:

  • Skin and eye irritation
  • High cholesterol
  • Asthma
  • Thyroid disease and liver disease
  • Fetal abnormalities

Long-term exposure to AFFF and the PFSAS they contain has also been linked to various forms of cancer

These associated cancers include the following:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Testicular cancer

Research continues to explore the connection between AFFF exposure in and out of the workplace and the development of cancer.

Who Is at Risk for AFFF Exposure?

Firefighters, military personnel, oil laborers, and others employed in similar occupations are the ones most at risk of developing AFFF-related health complications. This is because these individuals can be directly exposed to high levels of AFFF. Studies examining the long-term effects of AFFF exposure are primarily looking at these occupations.

You can be exposed to AFFF even if you are not employed in these occupations. When AFFF is deployed to fight a fire, its fumes can contaminate the surrounding air. Not only this, but AFFF can contaminate the groundwater of areas where it is used. Because AFFF is not biodegradable, its contaminating impact can continue for generations.

Potential Legal Rights of AFFF Victims

No matter how you were exposed to AFFF, if you developed any health condition related to your exposure, you may have legal rights. The Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC represents individuals who have faced illnesses and associated costs because of AFFF contamination.

An AFFF lawsuit alleges that the manufacturers of these chemicals knew or should have known the risks of their chemicals before they were sold for use. Despite this knowledge, manufacturers did not do enough to warn their customers or the public at large of the dangers these products posed to their health.

Through an AFFF lawsuit, you can potentially recover compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses and hospital stays
  • Necessary treatments for cancer or other related conditions
  • Lost wages and lost earning potential
  • Loss of chance of survival
  • Emotional suffering, depression, and anxiety

Attorneys at Michael J. Gopin Law Firm is a skilled litigators and advocate, able to investigate and present complex personal injury claims like those against AFFF. Even if you are not sure if you have been exposed to AFFF, contact the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC, and request your free initial consultation. 

We can evaluate the details of your situation and determine how much your AFFF claim could be worth. 

What Sets the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC Apart

The Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC is your premier choice of an advocate to fight for you against AFFF manufacturers. In complex mass tort cases like those involving AFFF, your attorney needs to have the resources to quickly investigate your claim and craft an effective strategy to stand up to manufacturing companies and their lawyers.

Our knowledgeable team has a proven track record of success and excellence, and we consistently strive to strengthen our community by holding negligent parties responsible for their actions. No case is too complicated for our seasoned team.

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