Georgia Spray Foam Insulation Off Gassing Lawyer
Spray foam insulation has become a popular weapon of choice for many builders and homeowner trying to build tight, energy efficient homes. However, it is now recognized that such spray foam insulation can off-gas poisonous and toxic fumes that cause personal injuries to humans. Certain chemicals in these products, including methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI), have been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to have toxic properties that are harmful to humans. Many manufacturers, including Demilec and BASF, produce and promote these products.
Injuries Caused by Toxic Exposure to Spray Foam Insulation
Exposure to diisocyanates is known to cause severe skin and breathing problems. Indoor air exposure can also induce neurological symptoms. Polyurethane foam has been known to cause asthma, lung damage and even fatal reactions in people who have been exposed or sensitized to its chemicals. As noted by William Swietlik, co-chair of the EPA’s workshop on spray foam, both open and closed cell foams are made with diisocyanates, among other ingredients, a leading cause of workplace asthma and are a “well known sensitizing toxicant to humans. Once a human becomes sensitized to diisocyonate there may be no safe exposure level”. Hence, once a person is exposed to poison gas from spray foam insulation and becomes sensitized to the same, they may never again be able to live in a property where spray foam insulation has been applied.
How are People Exposed?
To understand how potentially toxic such spray foam insulation can be, occupational health authorities recommend that installers wear personal protective equipment when installing the product. Unprotected workers and occupants are required to leave the building while the foam is being sprayed and not return until all residual vapors are ventilated and all dust particles are cleaned up to safe levels. It is becoming increasingly apparent that persons who live in houses where spray foam insulation has been installed can be physically affected and sensitized to off-gassing from the finished foam product that was applied even many months earlier.
Who is Responsible for Such Injuries?
There are multiple parties who may responsible for personal injuries caused by installation of spray foam insulation. The spray foam manufacturing industry storyline is that “urethanes are non-toxic and only require protection for our operators during installations, but the finished product is completely safe and has no formaldehydes.” Accordingly, when personal injury claims arise associated with use of their product, manufacturers like to point the finger at the mixer or installer of the product. However, companies that are able to purchase and apply these commercial spray foam insulation products are required to have training and be certified by the manufacturer that they are competent to install the product according to manufacturers’ specifications. The problem is that not all employees in every company that installs such products are required to be trained on how to properly apply the product. Hence, manufacturers as well as installers should bear responsibility for such claims. Claims may also be available against the party who either mixed the product during application or the party who is responsible for clean up or ventilation of the product at the project. Architects and builders who recommend the product arguably have responsibility as well. One thing is certain; there will be a lot of finger pointing back and forth between manufacturers, mixers, installers and others in an effort to avoid responsibility for injuries caused by spray foam insulation application. Thus, parties who have been exposed and injured by spray foam insulation need an experienced attorney who knows the claims involved, the mechanisms of the exposure and the potentially responsible parties to hold accountable.
Why Choose the W. Winston Briggs Law Firm to Handle your Spray Foam Insulation Claim?
Spray foam insulation toxic exposure claims are extremely complex and require a lawyer familiar with how to handle complex toxic exposure claims. The Briggs Law Firm has almost 25 years of experience successfully handling toxic exposure personal injury claims. We know how to investigate such claims, secure the appropriate tests and evidence, and who to hold accountable for such claims. We are familiar with the chemical properties of spray foam insulation, how they cause injuries, and how to recover for such injuries. We have the appropriate experts on call to immediately investigate your claim. Give us a call or e-mail us for a free consultation today.
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