Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Lawsuit FAQs

Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Lawsuit FAQs

At Lawsuit Legal News, we provide the most important and up-to-date information available about mass tort lawsuits around the nation. We know that AFFF victims have many important questions, and we strive to provide the answers you need.

By answering the following AFFF lawsuit FAQs (frequently asked questions), we want to help victims gain a better understanding of their unique situation, potential legal options, and possible compensation. 

What are the health risks associated with AFFF exposure? 

Understanding the potential health risks associated with AFFF exposure is crucial for victims. AFFF contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) like PFOS and PFOA, which may cause cancer, thyroid disease, liver damage, and developmental problems.

How long after my AFFF exposure could I develop cancer?

The development of cancer from AFFF exposure varies from person to person. Long-term and repeated exposure to AFFF chemicals can increase the risk of cancer, but it's not guaranteed for everyone exposed. Some may develop cancer within a few years, while others may see it appear later or not at all. If you believe you were exposed to AFFF, alert your doctor, and keep records of the exposure for potential future claims.

Proving a causal link between AFFF exposure and a specific health condition can require expert testimony, medical opinions, and scientific evidence. You will need to gather medical records, witness testimonies, work history, and any other documentation related to exposure incidents.

You need this strong evidence for a successful outcome in your case. A skilled AFFF lawsuit attorney can gather and present the evidence necessary to build a strong argument for the maximum compensation possible based on your unique circumstances.

Can I still file an AFFF lawsuit if I choose not to receive cancer treatments? 

Yes, even if you decide not to pursue cancer treatment, you still have the right to file an AFFF lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses and suffering caused by the exposure. Consult an AFFF attorney to understand your rights and how your decision regarding treatment may affect your claim.

Can I file an AFFF exposure lawsuit if I was not a firefighter? 

Yes, you can file an AFFF exposure lawsuit even if you did not work as a firefighter. To do so, you'll need to show evidence of AFFF exposure, such as living near an airport base that regularly used these chemicals. Additionally, an attorney can help you identify instances of AFFF use by firefighters nearby, and water testing in your area may reveal contamination.

What compensation can my lawyer request in an AFFF lawsuit? 

Victims of AFFF exposure may recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and punitive damages, depending on the circumstances of their case.

Yes, if you lost a loved one due to cancer caused by AFFF exposure, you may file a wrongful death claim. Compensation in such cases may cover medical bills, loss of companionship, pain and suffering before death, and loss of the deceased's income or contributions to the family.

Are there deadlines for filing an AFFF lawsuit? 

Every state has its own statute of limitations, which sets a time limit on how long victims have to file a lawsuit after the injury or exposure occurred. Victims must comply with these deadlines to avoid missing the opportunity to seek compensation.

How can an attorney help with an AFFF lawsuit? 

Experienced AFFF attorneys can provide crucial assistance in building a strong case, gathering evidence, calculating damages, negotiating with insurance companies, and representing victims in court if necessary.

How much does an attorney cost for filing an AFFF lawsuit? 

Many attorneys handle AFFF lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, meaning they don't require payment upfront. Instead, they receive a percentage of the settlement you receive, making it more affordable for victims to seek compensation. Start with a free consultation to discuss your case and potential compensation with an experienced AFFF attorney.

Are there class-action lawsuits or multidistrict litigation (MDL) for AFFF cases?

Courts have consolidated all federal AFFF lawsuits into multi-district litigation (MDL) to streamline the legal process and make it more efficient. By consolidating these cases in front of one judge, every party receives the same evidence through the discovery process and all pre-trial motion rulings apply to every lawsuit to ensure consistent rulings between court systems and judges.

You can follow the progress of the MDL lawsuits on our page with the most recent updates to the AFFF lawsuits

Can I still file a lawsuit if the company responsible for AFFF exposure has filed for bankruptcy?

When the responsible company has filed for bankruptcy, victims may still seek compensation through bankruptcy trust funds specifically set up for AFFF-related claims.

Can I pursue compensation if I was exposed to AFFF in the past, but my health issues have only recently surfaced? 

Victims may still pursue compensation even if their health issues have only recently surfaced, as long as they meet the applicable statute of limitations established in their state.

As the party receiving medical services, you must pay your medical bills. However, health insurance, hospital support programs for cancer patients and their families, or financial compensation through a personal injury claim can help with payment.

How long does it take to resolve an AFFF lawsuit? 

The time to resolve an AFFF lawsuit can vary.

Factors influencing the length of your claim can include: 

  • The extent of your cancer or other medical condition 
  • Your specific related treatment protocols, 
  • How many rounds of negotiation are involved, and 
  • The possibility of resolving your claim through mediation or facing a full-blown trial in court.

An experienced mass tort lawyer can provide a general understanding of the potential duration of the legal process to help you manage expectations and plan accordingly. 

Contact One of Our Dedicated AFFF Lawsuit Attorneys For More Information

Hopefully, these AFFF lawsuit FAQs addressed many of your concerns. You probably still have questions, and we're here to listen to your specific circumstances and help however we can.

Remember, every AFFF lawsuit is unique, and an experienced mass tort personal injury attorney can provide the most accurate and personalized answers to these questions and navigate the legal process successfully. Call our team of legal professionals at 866-467-0943 or contact us online for your free consultation today.


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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