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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Winston and his team were the best I’ve ever dealt with. Honestly, I’ve hired many law firms in the past 10 years and no other law firm made me feel as important as Winston Briggs. To them I wasn’t just another case, I was family and for that I’m forever grateful. They got me a settlement that I deserved and they fought tooth and nails to make sure I wasn’t being taken advantage of. Nicole, kept me updated with my case’s progress and anytime I had a question she was on it! I felt like I was the only client because of how personalized they made it feel. Best of the best hands down. Thank you once again for everything you did for my family and I!
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After interviewing attorneys recommended by other cyclists, I engaged W. Winston Briggs as my attorney because he seemed to have the best grasp of my situation and because, of the attorneys I interviewed, Winston had the most litigation experience. Six months after the collision, we have received a policy limit settlement from the driver’s insurance company, and Mr. Briggs has addressed the subrogation claim of my health insurance company, resulting in a substantial reduction of their claim.
Tom Erdmanczyk, Former Client
The case required Mr. Briggs to make numerous trips to Virginia to take on the responsible parties on their home turf. Although it required significant effort, at the end of the day, Mr. Briggs successfully forced the responsible companies to accept responsibility for my husband’s death and to pay a settlement that will take care of my son and me over the course of our lives. The event was tragic but I am very pleased that I hired Winston to represent me and my son in the case.”
Mary Ann Garrard, Former Client
I injured myself requiring surgery when I fell at a hotel in New Orleans while on business. The insurance company for the hotel initially denied responsibility for my injury and then later offered me only a modest sum to settle the case, claiming there were multiple problems with my claim. I retained Winston Briggs to handle my claim and he did the rest. Without having to go through a lawsuit, Mr. Briggs convinced the hotel’s insurance company to pay more than six times the amount they had offered me to settle the claim before I hired Mr. Briggs. I hope I never need his services again but, if I do, I wouldn’t think of hiring any other attorney to represent me.
Ed Dietzel, Former Client
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Bruce Fernald, Former Client
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Brandon Johnson, Former Client
Attorney Briggs accepted my case, within a month the defendant was served, and less than a year my case was settled. To him I am indebted for his enthusiastic, encouragement and support he and his staff offered throughout the handling of my case. Unlike any other law firm, they continue to keep me in the loop on how my case progressed. I highly recommend Winston Briggs Law Firm to anyone looking for an attorney in Atlanta who cares and have integrity in his work getting the case settled, without a doubt, he’s the Best!
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