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.
SPF is used to insulate building walls and seal cracks. It is also used to produce household items, such as mattresses and car seats. SPF has recently grown in popularity in recent years as a “green” alternative for home insulation. However, SPF contains chemicals that can increase the risk of severe respiratory conditions when inhaled.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the chemicals in both the “A” and “B” side of SPF (i.e., isocyanates and a polyol blend) can be toxic to humans at certain levels. When polyurethane is not fully “reacted,” such as during the spray foam application process, the chemical reacts for hours after application and people may be exposed to the 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 there is concern that the chemicals that are disseminated during off-gassing may also contribute to adverse health conditions.
Exposure to the toxins found in SPF can result in serious respiratory problems, lung damage, and asthma. SPF has also been linked to respiratory sensitization. Sensitization is an allergic reaction in which an individual’s responsiveness to a chemical is heightened at increasingly lower concentrations. A sensitized individual may exhibit an extreme reaction, such as an asthma attack, when exposed to even a negligible concentration of the chemical, which can be life-threatening. Other injuries include neurological, kidney, and liver damage, and cancer.
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) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.
SPF has been recognized as a toxic substance by various regulatory agencies. 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 and gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts 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 and recommendations for minimizing the dangers of SPF exposure.