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The Washington DC Firefighting Foam Lawyers at Fob James Law Firm are representing victims that have been diagnosed with cancers caused by toxic substances found in firefighting foam products.

Companies such as Dupont and 3M sold hazardous firefighting foams for many years, all the while knowing the risks they posed.

AFFF products can cause cancers, including liver, kidney, pancreatic, prostate, and testicular.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after using the firefighting foam product AFFF, contact our experienced firefighting foam attorneys in Washington DC for a free consultation.

Our biggest concern is making sure you get the justice and the compensation that you deserve. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us 24/7 at 866-837-1010.

What Is AFFF?

Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) is a specialized foam substance used to extinguish petroleum- and jet fuel-based fires.

Made primarily by 3M and Dupont, AFFF (firefighting foam) has been used in America and abroad since at least the early 1970s by firefighters, military, and factory personnel.

The product helps form a protective blanket over fuel that smothers a fire when water alone cannot put it out.

What Is the Washington DC AFFF Lawsuit About?

AFFF is known to contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a series of synthetic chemical compounds that have been linked to various cancers.

Unfortunately, PFAS chemicals can bind to proteins and accumulate in the bodies of exposed humans. The PFAS works its way into the blood stream of firefighters and others that use AFFF products.

Despite knowing the risks associated with PFAS, some companies manufactured and profited from toxic firefighting foam for decades.

In 2010, the EPA asked these companies to cease manufacturing and using certain PFAS. In response, some companies began using “short-chain” PFAS, which were supposed to be safer for humans. However, recent studies have indicated that’s not the case.

The bottom line is large corporations like 3M and DuPont manufactured and sold hazardous firefighting foams for many years, all the while knowing the foam can cause cancer.

If you think you may have been injured due to exposure to AFFF, call us at 866-837-1010 to schedule your free consultation with a firefighting foam attorney in Washington DC.

What Cancers Are Linked To Firefighting Foam (AFFF) Products?

The known injuries caused by AFFF products are evolving. For now, the focus of the AFFF lawsuit is on the following injuries:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • pancreatic cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Leukemia

Which Companies Manufactured Toxic AFFF Products?

The following companies manufactured firefighting foam that allegedly contained toxic PFAS chemicals:

  • 3M
  • Dupont
  • AGC Chemicals Americas
  • Arkema
  • BASF Corporation
  • Buckeye Fire Equipment Company
  • ChemDesign Products, Inc.
  • Chemours Company FC, LLC
  • Chubb Fire, Ltd.
  • Clariant
  • Corteva
  • Dynax Corporation
  • Kiddle-Fenwal, Inc.
  • Kidde P.L.C.
  • National Foam, Inc.
  • Tyco Fire Products, LP
  • United Technologies
  • UTC Fire and Security Americas Corporation, Inc.

Note that the AFFF product used by you could be the same product on the list but marketed under a different name.

If you are unsure whether your product qualifies contact our firm and we will investigate free of charge.

Who Qualifies For the Firefighting Foam Lawsuit in D.C.?

A resident of DC who has been exposed to PFAS checmicals in AFFF and diagnosed with cancer may qualify for the AFFF lawsuit in Washtington D.C.

Your case generally qualifies for the AFFF lawsuit if it meets two criteria:

  • You were exposed to PFAS over a long period of time. For example, if you used AFFF (firefighting foam) products throughout your job as a firefighter or factory worker, you will be able to show that you were exposed to PFAS chemicals.
  • You were diagnosed with certain types of cancer after prolonged exposure to PFAS chemicals.

Currently, the cancers with strongest connection to PFAS exposure are:

  • testicular cancer
  • pancreatic cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • prostate cancer

Even if you are unsure if your case qualifies, please contact our Washington DC AFFF lawyers for a free consultation.

The Risk Of Cancer Is Real

Recent studies have linked the PFAS chemicals in AFFF “firefighting foam” products to a myriad to cancers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Cancer Society have classified the chemicals in AFFF firefighting foam as human carcinogens.

Likewise, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS), as a possible human carcinogen that causes cancer.

 Both the EPA and World Health Organization (WHO) have warned that exposure to PFAS may cause cancer. In fact, the EPA has classified PFAS as an “emerging contaminant”.

Other studies to watch closely are listed below:

Kidney Cancer

A recent study by Dr. Jonathan Hofmann suggests a higher kidney cancer incidence and mortality among individuals with high PFOA exposures from employment in a PFAS-producing chemical plant or residence in the surrounding community with contaminated drinking water.

Testicular Cancer

Dr. Mark Perdue is conducting a case-control study of serum PFAS levels and testicular cancer risk nested within the Department of Defense Serum Repository (DoDSR). 

PFAS levels will be determined for the earliest and latest (two or more years prior to diagnosis) banked serum samples stored in DoDSR from 800 Air Force servicemen who later developed testicular cancer on active duty and 800 Air Force cancer-free controls.

Ovarian Cancer

Dr. Rena Jones is conducting a study to directly assess personal exposure to PFAS through serologic testing in samples collected prior to diagnosis of ovarian and endometrial cancers.

In this study, the National Cancer Institute will evaluate serum samples collected after menopause from 318 ovarian cancer cases, 430 endometrial cancer cases, and a shared control group of 589 cancer-free women. 

Prostate Cancer

Dr. Mark Purdue and Dr. Sonja Berndt are conducting a study to evaluate pre-diagnostic serum levels of PFAS and the risk of aggressive prostate cancer (750 cases and 750 cancer-free controls).

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Thyroid Cancer

Dr. Mark Purdue is conducting another study to investigate whether elevated pre-diagnostic serum concentrations of selected PFAS are associated with increased risks of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and thyroid cancer.

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What Can I Recover From A Washington DC AFFF Foam Lawsuit?

Every case is unique, but people who successfully file product liability lawsuits can recover money for the following damages:


What Are the Attorney Fees for the AFFF Lawsuit in DC?

Fob James Law Firm operates on the contingency-fee-basis. This means we only get paid a percentage of the recovery if we successfully resolve your case.

Our fees come out of a favorable settlement or jury award, not out of your pocket. Importantly, if we do not obtain a recovery then you owe us nothing.

Fob James Law Firm charges AFFF lawsuit clients a 33.33% to 40% contingency fee.

To speak with one of our experienced Washington DC firefighting foam lawyers, call us today at 866-837-1010.

How Long Do I Have To File An AFFF Lawsuit in Washington DC?

Every state is different so make sure you consult with an attorney about how long you have to file a lawsuit.

In Washington DC, you generally have two years from the date of discovery of your AFFF related injury to file a lawsuit.

How Do I Join The Firefighting Foam Lawsuit in Washington DC?

It is simple to join the AFFF lawsuit. Call us today or submit your contact information and our attorneys will call you to discuss your case.

It does not matter where you live. We represent victims of the toxic AFFF products in all 50 states.

Regardless of your location, all AFFF cases are filed in the MDL, which is federal court.

Firefighting Foam (AFFF) Class Action Lawsuit Updates

Updates on the AFFF lawsuit will be posted in our blog throughout the litigation. We typically post an update at least once per month.

If you have any immediate quesitons or concerns, call us 24/7 to speak with one of our attorneys.

June 2, 2024 – Pathway for Non-Qualifying Diseases

In the current MDL, the types of diseases that will be litigated has been narrowed. This usually happens in a MDL. So what happens to all of the filed cases that do not have a “qualifying disease”? The Court established a pathway for cases that do not qualify for the MDL to continue. Specifically, the Court annouced a process where the non-qualifying cases can be voluntary dismissed and the statute of limitations tolled while the litigation plays out. These cases can be refiled at a later date.

May 1, 2024 – Number of Cases reaches 8,000

On a consistent basis, several hundred cases are filed each month in the MDL. With 323 cases filed in April, the total number of cases crosses the 8,000 mark.

April 1, 2024 – The Court Is Gearing Up for a “Science Day”

The Court entered Case Management Order 28 [CMO-28] which sets forth the obligations of the parties leading up to a “Science Day”.

A Science Day is a proceeding where the parties present an overview of the scientific evidence and expert testimony in connection with various diseases to the Court. In other words, a science day is a chance to educate the Judge on medical causation and other important issues.

CMO-28 requires the parties to exhchange peer reviewed studies which support or dispute as association of AFFF with the list of diseases identified by the PEC.

By May 15, 2024, the parties must submit the peer reviewed studies to the Court. Thereafter, the Court will schedule a science day.

The order also requires the parties to meet and confer on the process for selecting bellwether cases (test trials) and regarding Daubert and dispositive motions.

March 1, 2024 – Over 7000 AFFF Cases Filed

Over 7000 total cases have been filed in the AFFF firefighting foam litigation. We are hopeful that a global resolution can be reached for individual cases by the end of the year.

February 10, 2024 – Washington D.C. Resident Files AFFF Lawsuit

A former firefighter and resident of Washington D.C. filed a lawsuit against the makers of AFFF alleding the PFAS chemicals caused his testicular cancer. The case will be transferred to the MDL Court overseeing the AFFF litigation. If the case is not resolved through the MDL, the case may get transferred back to federal court in D.C.

Read Our AFFF Lawsuit Blog for More Updates

Why Our Firefighting Foam Cancer Attorneys Are the Top Choice in DC

For more than 40 years, the attorneys at Fob James Law Firm have been fighting for victims of injuries across the country.

  • We work closely with each of our clients, ensuring they receive personalized attention. With our firm, you will actually speak with your dedicated lawyer not an assistant.
  • We move fast. We do not sit on cases. When we take your case we aggressively work your case from day one to ensure you get the compensation you deserve as soon as possible.
  • We are not afraid to take your case to trial. As trial lawyers we love to litigate cases in courthouses across the country.
  • We never charge fees up front. If we do not win your case you owe us nothing.

Our case results and client testimonials speak for themselves. Call us today to schedule your free consultation and case review

Contact an AFFF Lawsuit Lawyer Near Me In Washington DC

At Fob James Law Firm, our job is to help you to the best of our ability and fight for you. If you’ve suffered cancer as a result of exposure to harmful AFFF products, you should contact our firefighting foam attorneys immediately.

We can determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit or not. It won’t cost you anything to speak with us. Additionally, you’ll never pay us anything until we successfully settle or win your case in court.

Our Washington DC firefighting foam lawyers are experienced, dedicated, and they truly care about you. We treat all of our clients exactly how we would want our own family members to be treated.

Contact us right now at 866-837-1010 or set up a free case evaluation so we can help you.