Federal Government Makes a Link Between Chinese Drywall and Ill Heath
For at least four years, homeowners who have been unlucky enough to find Chinese dry wall in their homes have complained about suffering from health issues.
Only now has the federal government linked Chinese drywall to some of the health problems homeowners started reporting to officials back in 2009.
Toxic wallboard manufactured in China in 2005, 2006 and 2009 may have caused hundreds of drywall victims to have headaches, respiratory problems and fatigue, according to a new report. Most of those affected live in the southern United States.
USA Today reported on how Chinese-made drywall used in more than 20,000 American homes “could have caused nosebleeds, headaches, difficulty breathing and asthma attacks in tens of thousands of Americans exposed to it.”
Those who have suffered ill effects from Chinese drywall have waited eagerly for this report for a number of years.
The drywall was installed in mostly Southern homes since 2005, and it has been the subject of many lawsuits. As well as health-related complaints, homeowners allege hydrogen sulfide and other chemicals found in the drywall caused foul odors and corroded pipes and wiring in their homes. There have been five legal settlements totaling more than $1 billion, but it’s unclear how much of the drywall was replaced and the extent of the problem in the future.
Virginia families who were affected have been waiting years for the study to be published. Previous government reports referred to complaints of frequent headaches, fatigue, problems managing asthma and eye and nose and throat irritation, but no definitive link was made between Chinese drywall and ill health.
Today’s report was released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a division of the Centers for Disease Control. The findings were based on laboratory tests of drywall samples and modeling which was used to estimate levels of sulfur compounds found indoors – particularly hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide.
Seven families from the Hampton Roads area have been battling in the courts seeking $2.6 million over stress and other health issues in a five-year legal saga. Four of the families are from Williamsburg, two from Newport News and one from Virginia Beach. They are representing at least 300 families in a class-action lawsuit, Germano v. Taishan, which was filed back in 2009.
As Virginia personal injury lawyers we are concerned that this noxious substance was put in homes in the Hampton Roads area. Families should never have been subjected to this hazard.
If your health has been impacted by a hazardous substance you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see Cooperhurley.com.