Louisiana – February 17, 2021

Louisiana residents who have worked as local, or military firefighters may have a legal case for damage recovery if they have been diagnosed with impairments, or long-term illnesses related to Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF), which is a chemical used in training exercises and to combat fires in the field.  The chemicals contained in AFFF have been found to build up in a person’s body over time and can cause serious, life-threatening sickness, including cancer.  AFFF was developed as a mechanism to provide a blanket to smother types of fires that water cannot quickly resolve.  Certain chemicals contained in AFFF are polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) which are dangerous to groundwater and run off into nearby land, secondarily endangering residents in areas who live near frequent chemical fires that need to be addressed by firefighters, such as those that occur in oil industry jobs.  An experienced toxic exposure attorney in Louisiana can assist victims of toxic exposure and their families.

Claims.

Firefighters who have been exposed as part of their job could initiate workers’ compensations claims and other legal instruments after they speak to an attorney who can explain the best way to proceed based on the harmful losses the victim is experiencing.  Veterans may consider working with legal counsel experienced with AFFF claims, who can streamline the government paperwork and follow-up processes.  Private corporations may also be held responsible for withholding the dangers of AFFF use, or when toxic substances filter into the groundwater and cause danger to residents.  AFFF victims may seek monetary compensation for a variety of cancer related illnesses including kidney, testicular, pancreatic, prostate, ovarian, lymphoma and leukemia.  Damage recovery could address:

  • Medical treatment,
  • Necessary medications,
  • Medical equipment,
  • At home care and nursing services,
  • Mental health counseling,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Dependents,
  • Burial and funeral expenses.

A skilled toxic exposure attorney can initiate a legal claim supported by proof of the exposure and illness provided by medical personnel related to military service, through a job, or because of  poor environmental practices causing hazards to residents.

Litigation.

Depending upon the severity of the illness, and the particulars of the individual case, lawyers may be able to find other avenues to secure compensation by taking legal action against companies that produced and supplied the AFFF products, or those who breach environmental laws.  The recovery of damages will address losses to victims who have become ill, and families who may have experienced the loss of a loved one because of exposure dangers.  Personal injury attorneys who are skilled with toxic exposure claims and resultant illnesses will work with medical professionals to build a strong case.  Mediation and arbitration can allow victims and businesses to achieve a successful damage award in some cases.  Legal counsel can answer questions regarding the recovery of financial assistance through military claims and damage compensation through civil litigation. Experienced attorneys at Stag Liuzza understand how important it is to seek financial assistance to combat AFFF-related illnesses, and death harms.

STAG LIUZZA, LLC

One Canal Place
365 Canal Street
Suite 2850
New Orleans, LA 70130

Ph: 504-593-9600
Fax: 504-593-9601

 

 Sources.

https://legis.la.gov/legis/Law.aspx?d=110567

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Law.aspx?d=109387

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Law.aspx?d=109371

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