In re: Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) Products Liability Litigation
Fire-fighter foam, known in the industry as Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) or “A-triple F” has been used for decade to put out fires, particularly, at civil and military airports – including the Atlanta Airport. This is because petroleum-based fires cannot be put out by water.
Here is the problem – the foam contains highly toxic and dangerous chemicals. These chemicals, known as PFAS/PFOA/PFOS, or as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are “forever chemicals” that do not naturally break down. These chemicals are not discharged from the body, but rather, build up over time due to repeat exposure.
PFAS/PFOA/PFOS may be orally ingested, absorbed through the skin or inhaled through exposure in the atmosphere. For fire fighters that regularly used the foam, the exposure is significant. Even if you used protective equipment during an active fire or active fire simulation, it is likely that you took of that equipment during the clean up phase. As such, firefighters at the Atlanta airport likely hand direct exposure to the foam simply through breathing or direct physical contact.
PFAS have become serious public health concerns across our country. They seem to have a correlation between exposure and problems with the immune system, cancer, including kidney and prostrate cancer. The greater the exposure the greater of risk of harm.
Of course, the worst part about all of this – is that nobody told us about these harms. In other words, all fire fighters know there are risks involved with the job, and fire fighters can take certain steps to decrease the harm. Here, the exposure to the fighter fighting foam could have been avoided or decreased, – if only we knew.
Consolidation of cases in Federal Court.
As the problems with AFFF have been exposed, lawsuits began being filed throughout the United States against the largest manufactures, including companies such as 3M. It appears that the manufactures of these products knew that the foam was dangerous – notwithstanding making safety representations to fire fighters and the community at large.
With this disclosure, more and more lawsuit are being filed, making essentially the same claims. Specifically, that the manufactures had the duty to disclose of the risk and that because of the failure to warn, firefighters have since contracted AFFF related health complications, such as cancer, and that these heroes and their families deserve compensation.
Joseph Amos and attorney Roger Krause
Joseph Amos, a 25-year vet of the Atlanta Airport Fire Fighters, had long ago established a relationship with Attorney Roger Krause. Mr. Krause has represented family members and friends of Mr. Amos over the years. This includes obtaining a judgment of approximately 1 million dollars for friends that were defrauded by an investment scheme. In another, attorney Krause represented a family member injured by one of the largest hospitals in Atlanta.
For six years, Attorney Roger Krause has been named by his peers as one of the top attorneys in Atlanta as seen in Atlanta Magazine. While many lawyers argue, Roger Krause believes the first step is to listen. Well-armed and well-funded, Attorney Roger Krause fights for his clients and never backs down.
With respect to Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) Products Liability Litigation we believe that there is strength in numbers, and the greater the number of firefighters who join the case, the greater the expected recovery.
If you are a firefighter, who worked at the Atlanta Airport, please contact Roger Krause for help.