What is Formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde, a harmful carcinogen, has been linked to rare types of nose and throat cancer caused by long term exposure in work place environments. There is no known cure to formaldehyde poisoning, and over exposure can cause serious life threatening injuries. The Center for Disease Control has listed the following as potential side effects to formaldehyde exposure:
- Eye irritation, stinging, burning, watery
- Nose and throat irritation, soreness, runny nose, sneezing, sinus blockage, cancer
- Respiratory problems
- Wheezing and coughing
- Chest tightness
- Allergic contact dermatitis
- Skin rash, blisters, or dry flaky skin
- Attention deficit disorders
- Impaired dexterity, memory, and equilibrium
- And more
A federal investigation led to the discovery of unlawful amounts of formaldehyde contained in laminate flooring produced in China. Lumber Liquidators, the national distributor for the laminate, sold this hazardous product up until May 2015 across the U.S.
Customers of Lumber Liquidators who purchased laminate flooring may be eligible for a free test kit to determine formaldehyde levels. To see if you qualify, visit http://www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/testkit
60 Minutes Investigation
60 Minutes conducted an independent investigation of the Chinese laminate distributed across the U.S. Their team collected 31 laminate samples, 30 of which contained formaldehyde levels over the legal emission limit, one of the samples exceeding 13 times the limit. The investigators went undercover and posed as customers at the manufacturing plant in China. Several of the plant’s managers admitted that Lumber Liquidators falsified their labels as meeting the legal limit. This falsification may have saved Lumber Liquidators 10-15% on costs, but it did so at the expense of hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent Americans injured by exposure to the toxic levels of formaldehyde.
Moving Forward with the Fitch Law Firm
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury due to over exposure of formaldehyde, the Fitch Law Firm is here to help you. Contact us at 1-855-529-6446 today or fill out our online consultation form.