Each year people all across the United States make use of spray foam insulation to provide extra insulation for their homes. While these products are easy to use, provide a quick fix, and are touted as being completely safe, many people have been finding that once the product is installed health issues such as chronic headaches, eye, nose, and throat irritations, neurological problems, and respiratory problems have been occurring. These health issues have been connected to chemicals which are considered to be toxic in the spray foam insulation.
There have been a number of complaints from homeowners all over the country who have attributed their illnesses to the use of spray foam, and there are also some class action lawsuits pending for those who have been negatively affected by such products. If you or someone you know has been harmed because of a spray foam insulation application, you may have legal rights and you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer for your injuries. To learn more about how to file a claim, you should consult with a personal injury attorney who specializes in product liability as soon as possible.
Spray foam insulation is polyurethane foam that is created when a chemical reaction occurs in a spraying mechanism between two types of compounds that are considered to be highly toxic. It is recommended that only properly trained installers apply the product to attics, basement, etc. and that a breathing apparatus and protective gear is worn during installation.
Chemicals contained in spray foam insulation vary but often include methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), which has been deemed toxic to humans by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The other chemicals contained in the insulation are not made available to the public because they are considered to be trade secrets. That being said, OSHA has classified these materials as hazardous and states they are causes of eye, skin, neurological, and respiratory problems.
Spray foam insulation also contain materials that are known to be carcinogenic to humans, such as formaldehyde, along with other types of volatile organic compounds that are emitted after the insulation has been installed. Some forms of spray insulation may also include flame retardants such as Chlorinated Tris, which is known to be carcinogenic and because of this has been prohibited from being used in children’s items.
Exposure to chemicals such as these can lead to serious health issues such as: headaches, problems with breathing, asthma, lung damage, irritation of the nose, eyes, and throat, and skin irritation.
When the spray foam insulation is applied, the chemicals are supposed to become non-toxic and inert. According to a number of complaints lodged by homeowners, even when the spray foam insulation is installed properly, to the standards of the manufacturer, it can still remain hazardous and toxic to those who occupy the home.
In addition to the many health issues listed above that have been attributed to the use of spray foam insulation, there have also been a number of reports of homes being left with a foul odor that resembles the smell of fish. This odor has been reported to linger for months.
If you have noticed that your home has developed an odor since having spray foam insulation installed, or if you or a member of your family has developed a health issue such as a problem breathing, irritation of the eyes, nose, or throat, headaches, asthma, lung problems, or any other respiratory issue since having spray foam insulation applied, you may be entitled to seek monetary compensation from the manufacturer for the harm that has been done.
You should not delay in contacting a personal injury attorney who specializes in product liability. These professionals know this area of the law better than anyone, and know exactly how to proceed with these types of cases. From start to finish, you can rest assured your case is in the best possible hands, and that no detail is being left out.
Personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the justice you so rightly deserve, and will make sure all those responsible for the harm that has been done are held accountable. In most cases, such as these, the number one responsible party is the product manufacturer. The product manufacturer is often well aware of the potential issues surrounding their products and owes the public a debt of obligation to provide proper product labeling and warnings. When the manufacturer fails to do this a type of negligence has occurred, and they must be held liable for injuries.
In most cases, personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that you pay nothing until the time your case is settled. This can be a tremendous comfort during an already difficult time. Not having the added worry of how to pay for your legal claim will leave you free to focus your attention on your personal health and recovery, as well as the health and well being of your family and loved ones.
Compensation can be sought for a variety of issues such as past, present, and future medical bills, loss of income, loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, and in some cases for punitive damages. Punitive damages are a type of legal punishment handed down to those who are responsible for the harm in an effort to prevent a similar act from occurring in the future.