Polyurethane Foam Lawsuit Lawyer

Insulation is absolutely critical when constructing a home. Without insulation, nothing stands in the way between the inhabitants and the outside conditions. It serves as a protective barrier that keeps the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer while also reducing noise pollution. Builders often use different methods to insulate a property, such as concrete blocks, insulating concrete forms, fiberglass, structural insulated panels, and spray foam. Spray Polyurethane Foam is a popular type of insulation that conserves energy in the home. However, many people have developed adverse health complications after exposure to spray polyurethane foam. Did you or a loved one develop respiratory issues due to spray foam insulation? Reach out today to learn more about how a Spray Polyurethane Foam lawsuit can help you.

Our law firm is currently handling claims on behalf of individuals who have been injured by exposure to spray polyurethane foam (SPF). Lawsuits against companies that produce or use SPF allege that exposure to the substance increases the risk of developing respiratory problems and lung damage.

What is Spray Polyurethane Foam?

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is a spray-applied cellular plastic introduced in 1986. Contractors mix two liquids together that react with one another and create the foam. These separate compounds are referred to as the “A” side and the “B” side. The “A” side consists of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (pMDI), while the “B” side is made up of polyols, flame retardants, and other ingredients. When combined, the “A” side and “B” side chemicals form a chemical reaction that provides foam and flame retardancy characteristics.

Applicators use SPF to insulate building walls, seal cracks, for roofing purposes, and glue together walls and ceilings of manufactured homes. Manufacturers also use SPF to produce household items like mattresses and car seats. In recent years, spray polyurethane foam has grown in popularity as a “green” and more environmentally friendly alternative for home insulation. Furthermore, amateurs and professionals gravitate towards SPF since it can expand nearly 100 times its original size and fill every crack, thus making it very effective insulation. However, SPF contains chemicals that can increase the risk of severe respiratory conditions when inhaled.

Dangers of Spray Polyurethane Foam

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the chemicals in both the “A” and “B” sides of SPF (i.e., isocyanates and a polyol blend) can be toxic to humans at certain levels. When polyurethane does not fully “react” during the spray foam application process, the chemical continues to react for hours after application. This extended reaction exposes individuals to dangerous substances. In addition, the chemical reaction produced by SPF can generate other potentially harmful chemicals and toxic compounds. This is known as “off-gassing,” and chemicals that spread during off-gassing may also contribute to adverse health conditions.

Spray Polyurethane Foam and Regulatory Agencies

Various regulatory agencies recognize SPF as a toxic substance. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, isocyanates have the potential to cause serious irritation to the mucous membranes of the eyes, gastrointestinal tract, and respiratory tract through inhalation or direct skin contact.  The Environmental Protection Agency has issued action plans to advise users on the health risks associated with long-term exposure to SPF. The EPA has also outlined recommendations for minimizing the dangers of SPF exposure.

Spray Polyurethane Foam and Injuries

Exposure to the toxins found in SPF can result in serious respiratory problems, lung damage, and asthma. Studies have also linked SPF to respiratory sensitization. Sensitization is an allergic reaction in which an individual’s responsiveness to a chemical heightens at increasingly lower concentrations. A sensitized individual may exhibit an extreme reaction, like an asthma attack when exposed to even a negligible concentration. Other injuries include neurological, kidney, and liver damage, as well as cancer.

Liability Law and Spray Polyurethane Lawsuits

In most states, a lawsuit can hold a company liable if its product creates unreasonable dangers. Also, the plaintiff must demonstrate that:

  • The company knew or should have known that its product contains or releases carcinogenic or hazardous chemicals
  • The company failed to implement more effective measures to control its toxic emissions to protect public health
  • Injury or death resulted from exposure to the product

Can I Recover Compensation for My Injuries in a Spray Polyurethane Foam Lawsuit?

If Spray Polyurethane Foam injured you or a loved one, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529 or submit an inquiry on this page.