Firefighter PFAS Litigation

Pritzker Levine LLP offers personal, attentive and professional legal services to current and former firefighters who have been diagnosed and treated for cancers and other serious illnesses caused by years of on-the-job exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals present in the firefighting foams used and protective clothing worn by firefighter in the line of duty. 

PFAS are human-made chemicals that are known as “forever chemicals” because they are immune to degradation, bio-accumulate in individual organisms and humans, and increase in concentration up the food chain. PFAS exposure to humans can occur through inhalation, ingestion and dermal contact. PFAS have been associated with multiple and serious adverse health effects in humans including cancer, tumors, liver damage, immune system and endocrine disorders, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, birth defects, decreased fertility and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

The firm’s attorneys, which include Richard Seal, a former firefighter, captain and battalion chief in the San Jose California fire department, have taken a leading role in representing firefighters injured as a result of their on-the-job exposure to PFAS chemicals.  Pritzker Levine was the first law firm in the country to assert claims on behalf of firefighters against the manufacturers and distributors of the protective clothing worn by firefighters in the line of duty, and the firm’s attorneys have an active leadership role in the AFFF multidistrict litigation pending in federal court in South Carolina against all manufacturers, sellers and distributors of firefighting foams and clothing containing PFAS chemicals.

Our attorneys carefully assess the needs of each firefighter client.  Our goal is not only to obtain a successful result, but to strive to meet each client’s needs in each particular case.  We make it a standard practice to keep our firefighter clients fully informed of all developments in every case so they have peace of mind from knowing that their cases are getting the attention they deserve.  We rigorously represent every claim for every firefighter client.

If you are a current or former firefighter, have been diagnosed or treated with cancer or another serious illness such as those described above, and would like to learn how our firefighter PFAS attorneys can help you, or to discuss a possible claim, please contact Heather Haggarty at hph@pritzkerlevine.com or Rick Seal at rrs@pritzkerlevine.com for a free consultation.  

Cases

New York Area Firefighter Cases

Pritzker Levine represents current and former New York Area firefighters in litigation against manufacturers, designers, sellers, suppliers, and distributors of Class B firefighting foams as well as protective clothing specifically designed for firefighters. Each of the firefighter plaintiffs has been diagnosed with and treated for cancers and other serious illnesses that plaintiffs allege were caused by years of on-the-job exposure to PFAS chemicals present in the foams they used and turnout gear they wore.

Boston Area Firefighter Cases

Pritzker Levine represents numerous current and former Boston Area firefighters and some of their spouses in litigation against manufacturers, designers, sellers, suppliers, and distributors of Class B firefighting foams as well as protective clothing specifically designed for firefighters. Each of the firefighter plaintiffs has been diagnosed with and treated for cancers and other serious illnesses that plaintiffs allege were caused by years of on-the-job exposure to PFAS chemicals present in the foams they used and turnout gear they wore.

Bay Area Firefighter Cases

Pritzker Levine represents dozens of current and former Bay Area firefighters and some of their spouses in litigation against manufacturers, designers, sellers, suppliers, and distributors of Class B firefighting foams as well as protective clothing specifically designed for firefighters. Each of the firefighter plaintiffs has been diagnosed with and treated for cancers and other serious illnesses that plaintiffs allege were caused by years of on-the-job exposure to PFAS chemicals present in the foams they used and turnout gear they wore.

In Re Aqueous Film-Forming Foams Products Liability Litig.

Pritzker Levine Partner Elizabeth Pritzker serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the In Re AFFF MDL, a national multi-district litigation focused on environmental and water contamination stemming from PFAS chemicals in Class B foams, and personal injury cases involving exposure to PFAS chemicals in Class B firefighting foams and firefighter protective clothing.