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What is aqueous film-forming foam?

Commonly known as Firefighting Foam, Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), is considered the best method for battling fires. However, that comes with a price to pay. The popular fire-suppressant, which is effective due it’s capabilities to prevent oxygen from getting to the fire, contains what is known as PFAS – perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these chemicals pose serious health risks, including cancers. Sadly, research has shown these substances can enter through groundwater exposing people who live close to AFFF storage facilities.

PFAS creates one of the strongest bonds in organic chemistry. Nicknamed the “forever chemical”, due to their long half-lives, these compounds break down very slowly leaving a long-lasting effect on the environment. Unfortunately, there is no way to determine the length at which these dangerous composites will deteriorate.

Jenn Liakos

Jenn Liakos is based in our Los Angeles, California office where she has been practicing law for the past twenty years. Her practice focuses on personal injury and mass tort litigation, including pharmaceutical product liability and medical device litigation.

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As an experienced litigator, Jenn has predominantly concentrated her practice on injuries affecting women and children. She was at the forefront of the SSRI antidepressant birth defect litigation for more than a decade fighting against big pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Forest Pharmaceuticals. She has also worked on cases involving injuries caused by vaginal mesh and toxic shock syndrome.

Jenn was appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the Paxil Birth Defect Litigation and the Zoloft Birth Defect Litigation, prosecuting big pharmaceutical companies for failing to warn that SSRI antidepressants caused birth defects when taken during pregnancy. She has testified before the FDA advisory board on amending the regulations concerning generic manufacturer liability. She has also served on the Plaintiff Steering Committee for the Viagra, Abilify and 3M Litigations.

Jenn is a frequent teacher of deposition skills for the American Association of Justice. She was named as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2007 and 2008. She has been selected by her peers as a Super Lawyer every year since 2011. In 2020, she was named a Lawyer of Distinction in the area of Personal Injury Law.

Exposure to PFAS Chemicals in AFFF has been linked to:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Liver Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Colon/Rectal
  • Other Tumors / Cancers

High-Risk Occupation Employees at Risk:

  • Firefighters
  • Military Members
  • Airport workers
  • Chemical Plant Workers

Individuals not employed in any of the above occupations may also have been exposed to AFFF. This includes, but not limited to:

  • Those affected by groundwater contamination
  • Those who have worked with the production or storing of the substance
  • Plane Crash Sites
  • Oil Refineries

If you or a loved one have been exposed to AFFF foam and developed any of the above Cancers / Illnesses, contact Bond Legal today for justice.

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