Sacramento Lumber Liquidators Formaldehyde Lawyers
The experienced team of personal injury lawyers at Arnold Law Firm are currently investigating cases of health problems allegedly linked to Chinese-made Lumber Liquidator laminate flooring.
A 60 Minutes investigation uncovered illegally high and unsafe levels of formaldehyde in the flooring. High levels of the chemical are linked to respiratory issues and cancer.
You may be entitled to compensation for the removal of your flooring, diminished property value and medical expenses associated with formaldehyde exposure.
60 Minutes and CPSC Investigate High Formaldehyde Levels
A 60 Minutes investigation, which aired in March 2015, tested 31 samples of Chinese-made Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring and found that all but one of the samples contained high levels of formaldehyde and failed to pass the stringent standards of California regulations.
Through an undercover investigation, CBS discovered that three Chinese factories that manufacture Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring openly admitted that the products did not meet CARB Phase 2 requirements and that they falsely label the products to show that they are compliant.
Following numerous reports of high levels of formaldehyde, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on March 25, 2015 that it is actively investigating the Chinese-made laminate flooring used by Lumber Liquidators. The investigation could take months to complete, and, if necessary, a recall of the products may be made.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has established strict emission standards for composite wood products in an effort to reduce the public's exposure to formaldehyde. The regulation was adopted in two phases that began in 2007. As of January 2014, only Phase 2 products are legally allowed to be sold in California.
All products must state on the packaging that they are CARB Phase 2 compliant.
Formaldehyde Dangers from Lumber Liquidators Laminate Flooring
According to the CPSC, formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas commonly used as a binding agent during the manufacturing of laminate flooring. While low levels are safely used in a variety of products, adverse health conditions can result from over-exposure, motivating strict restrictions on how much of the chemical can be used.
Formaldehyde is classified as a cancer-causing carcinogen, and long-term exposure at high levels can cause various types of cancer, including nasopharyngeal cancer and myeloid leukemia.
At lower levels, exposure to formaldehyde can cause a number of additional adverse health effects, including:
- Burning, itching or stinging of the eyes, nose or throat
- Runny nose
- Difficulty breathing and chest tightness
- Asthma symptoms
- Rashes, blisters and flaky dry skin
- Mood changes such as depression or irritability
Children are especially susceptible to these symptoms.
According to the CPSC, if symptoms lessen when you are away from home and re-occur when you are home and around the product, you may be exposed to indoor pollutants like formaldehyde and should consult your doctor.
Lumber Liquidators Injury Lawyers
If you or someone you love has Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring installed and has experienced adverse medical effects like irritated extremities or difficulty breathing, contact our offices today to see if you are entitled to compensation.
At the Arnold Law Firm, we are dedicated to pursuing justice for victims who have been exposed to high levels of formaldehyde because of faulty products. Our product safety lawyers will work with you to fight for your rights.
We have a proven history of success and charge no upfront fees or costs to review and handle your claim.