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Firefighter Foam Exposure Injuries

Denning Law Firm, LLC  Dec. 7, 2023

In the line of duty, firefighters encounter numerous risks, and we understand that firefighting foam exposure is one of those hidden dangers. As seasoned personal injury attorneys, we know the toll it can take on your health and well-being, and we recognize the courage it takes to face these unseen hazards every day. We empathize with your situation, and we're here to stand by your side. 

What Is Firefighting Foam?

Firefighting foam, or aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), is a specialized substance used in the firefighting industry. It's designed to act as a barrier between the fuel and the oxygen, effectively suppressing and extinguishing fires. However, the very properties that make it effective also pose potential health risks. 

AFFF contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), synthetic chemicals that give the foam its unique fire-suppressing properties. These PFAS have been widely used in various industrial and consumer products due to their resistance to heat, water, and oil. But they've also been linked to potential health risks, including adverse effects on the immune system, liver, and thyroid gland. 

The Dangers of Firefighter Foam Exposure

Firefighter foam exposure may seem like a necessary risk in the line of duty, but it's vital to understand the gravity of its potential health risks. Our team at Denning Law Firm, LLC wants to shed light on the dangers associated with firefighting foam, particularly those containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). 

These PFAS chemicals, often referred to as "forever chemicals," are persistent in both the environment and the human body. They don't break down and can accumulate over time, which might lead to serious health issues. Here's what you need to know: 

  • Cancer Risk: There's evidence linking PFAS exposure to an increased risk of several types of cancer, including kidney, testicular, and bladder cancer. 

  • Immune System Disruption: PFAS chemicals can interfere with the body's natural immune response, potentially leading to increased susceptibility to diseases. 

  • Hormonal Changes: These chemicals can disrupt the body's natural hormonal balance, leading to a range of potential health issues. 

  • Liver Damage: Long-term exposure to high levels of PFAS has been linked to liver damage. 

  • Developmental Issues in Children: Some studies suggest that exposure to PFAS can cause developmental problems in children, including potential effects on growth, learning, and behavior. 

If you're a firefighter who's been exposed to firefighting foam and you're experiencing health issues, it's crucial to take action. 

Recovering Damages & Pursuing Compensation

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to firefighting foam exposure, it's crucial to understand your right to recover damages and pursue compensation.  

Kansas is a "modified comparative fault" state, which means that if you're partially at fault for your injuries, you can still recover damages. However, if you are found to be 50% or more at fault, you won't be able to recover any damages. This is different from Missouri's "pure comparative fault" rule, and it's vital to understand how this could impact your case. 

Moreover, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in Kansas is two years from the date of the accident or injury. If you don't file a claim within this timeframe, you might lose your right to seek compensation. 

In Missouri, an "at-fault" insurance state, the party at fault for causing the injury is held responsible for covering medical expenses, property damages, and other accident-related losses. To establish a personal injury claim, we must prove that the at-fault party had a legal duty of care, breached that duty, and their breach caused your injury, resulting in actual harm or damages. 

One of the key aspects of recovering damages is understanding the "pure comparative fault" rule that operates in Missouri. This rule allows injured victims to recover damages even if they were partially at fault for the accident. It's important to note that the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in Missouri is five years from the date of the accident or injury. 

Here are some of the damages you might be able to recover: 

  • Medical Expenses: Coverage for treatment costs related to your injuries, including hospital stays, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and future medical needs. 

  • Lost Income: Compensation for the wages you've lost while recovering from your injuries and for any reduced earning capability. 

  • Pain and Suffering: Monetary compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress caused by your injuries. 

  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: Compensation for any lifestyle changes or activities you can no longer enjoy due to your injuries. 

  • Mental Anguish: Damages for emotional suffering such as anxiety, depression, or stress related to your injuries. 

  • Punitive Damages: In some cases, additional damages may be awarded as a way to punish the at-fault party for particularly reckless or negligent behavior. 

Our team at Denning Law Firm, LLC will evaluate your unique situation, explain Missouri state laws, and do our best to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. 

Speak With a Reliable Personal Injury Attorney

Injuries from firefighting foam exposure are serious, and it's crucial to have a reliable personal injury attorney on your side. Our team at Denning Law Firm, LLC has a proven track record of success in handling complex personal injury cases, including those involving firefighting foam exposure. 

We understand the unique challenges faced by firefighters and are committed to providing compassionate and dedicated legal support. Don't hesitate to reach out to us today. Schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. You're not alone in this fight—we're here to help. We proudly assist those in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, and the surrounding areas.